CALAIS – Lendall McKay Lyons, 69, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Calais. Lenny was born Feb. 19, 1943, in Caribou, son of the late Linwood and Elva (Haines) Lyons.
After graduating from Presque Isle High School, he went to General Motors Training Center, Boston, where he studied transmission and bodywork. Lenny worked as a mechanic in Boston for a short time until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After his graduation from Army basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., he returned home to marry the love of his life, Marilyn Sue Mowatt, Dec. 28, 1964, in Perth Andover, New Brunswick. Lenny then went for advance training before being sent to Vietnam, where he served for 13 months. After his military commitment, he returned to Calais and worked at Calais Car Wash, drove logging truck for two years, and then worked as a mechanic with the city of Calais until he was hired at Georgia Pacific. Lenny worked for Georgia Pacific as a heavy equipment operator for 22 years, as well as working as an emergency medical technician for Newell’s Ambulance Service. After retiring from Georgia Pacific, he worked as a mechanic for McGovern’s Ambulance Service and most recently drove truck for DiCenzo’s until he finally retired in 2010. Lenny was known as “Papa” to many children in the area that his wife, Sue, baby sat.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years, Sue Lyons, in 2011. Surviving are his children, Jacqueline Page and her husband, Jeff, of Lincoln, Crystal Anastos and her husband, Dwaine, of Millinocket, Pamela Page and her husband, Leigh, of Lincoln, Lynette Leighton and her husband, John, of Lincoln and Jon Dow and his companion, Savannah Lonseth, of Princeton; 12 grandchildren, Justin Page and his wife, Gina, of Lincoln, Devon Page and his wife, Katie Smith, of Lincoln, Trevor Page of Lincoln, Joseph Lyons of East Millinocket, Senior Airman Anthony McConnell, U.S. Air Force, stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Ga., Cameron McConnell of Kathleen, Ga., Jocelyn Raffiani of Lincoln, Madison Page of Lincoln, Christina and Kelsi Leighton of Lincoln, Alannah Dow and Are Lonseth-Dow of Princeton; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Rian and Leland Page; one sister, Beverly Greenier and husband, Peter, of Presque Isle; three brothers, Claude “Skip” Lyons and his wife, Carol, of Blaine, Kenneth Lyons and his wife, Brenda, of Dexter and Galen Lyons of Presque Isle; sisters-in-law, Lee Lyons of Westfield and Joan Corning of Calais and her son, Ronald Corning, and his partner, Anthony Wilkinson, of Dallas; brothers-in-law, Carl Mowatt of Tampa, Fla., and Arnold Corning of Meddybemps; many nieces and nephews, and numerous dear friends.
Visiting hours will be held noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a celebration of Lenny’s life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be afterward at Calais Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.