1922 – 2014
AUBURN — Surrounded by his family, Lionel “Lee” Bertrand Landry, 92, of Lewiston, died peacefully at the Androscoggin Hospice House on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
He was born in Lewiston to Pierre Landry and Marie Lebel Landry, attended Holy Family School and graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of 1940. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, in which he served during World War II.
Lee was known as an expert auto mechanic and worked for many years at Jewett Ford and Auburn Motor Sales. Later in his career, he started his own business, Lee’s Auto Repair, gaining many loyal customers. He also taught automotive repair at Lewiston Adult Education for 20 years.
He was an avid gardener and every summer looked forward to his tomato crop ripening. He was known as an all-around fix-it expert and enjoyed tinkering in his basement workshop. When he visited his daughters, he took great pleasure in working on home improvement projects in their houses. There was no project too complicated for “Pep” to complete and his grandchildren invariably tagged along as his helpers.
Lee loved playing pool and cards with his friends, keeping up with current events and having spirited political discussions.
Lee was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and Ste. Croix Parish, where he served on the parish council and volunteered in many capacities. He also volunteered as a valet parking attendant at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center until the age of 89.
Lee is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Simonne (Coté); his five daughters, Pauline Beare and husband, John, of California, Suzanne Janelle and husband, André, of Saco, Louise Landry and husband, Bob Silverstein, of New York, Claire Leal and husband, David, of York and Elaine Rosen and husband, Mark, of Massachusetts; 13 grandchildren, Renée (Beare) Fitzpatrick and husband, Thomas, Joseph Beare, Danielle (Beare) Thompson and husband, Ryan, Elizabeth (Beare) Tucker and husband, Ryan, Nicole Janelle and husband, Jake Donaldson, Céline DinhJanelle and husband, Anthony, Ethan and Lillie Silverstein, Benjamin, Samuel and Zachary Leal and Evan and Olivia Rosen; and five great-grandchildren, Connor, Brennan and Grace Fitzpatrick, Simonne Thompson and Anaïs Janelle. His brother, Fernand Landry; sister-in-law, Muguette Coté; and many nieces and nephews also survive him.
His family will miss his kindness, patience, strength and sense of humor.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Montello Heights, the Lewiston-Auburn Kidney Center and the Androscoggin Hospice House for their devotion and loving care.
Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.