Leonard “Lenny” R. Parker, a fun-loving guy, who always greeted folks with a smile, passed away on August 13, 2023 at the age of 68. Lenny was born to his parents Richard and Barbara in Marblehead, and grew up in Woburn, where he lived until the age of 8. After that, Lenny and the family moved to Burlington. Lenny spent the last 46 years of his life living in a group home with his many, many friends.
Lenny was the greeter of the group home. He’d hang around and check in with people as they were coming by or even just say hi to the other guests. He made sure everyone was in a good mood, and try his best to keep morale high in the house. He’d always carry his notebook, which he’d use to draw and take notes. When he wasn’t entertaining roommates, Lenny loved reading his comic books. He was a big fan of the older Archie era of comic books and later the super hero comics.
Lenny was always up for adventures. The group home was great at hosting field trips for everyone. They would go whale watching, go to concerts, and go out to eat. Lenny’s favorite food was fried clams, so he always got excited to find out he was going out to eat. He would wash them down with a non-alcoholic beer. He and his friends saw many concerts over the years, one of which was Neil Diamond.
Lenny was a fan of watching TV too. He was always glued to the TV when the Red Sox were on, and then he got into the Patriots and golf. He wasn’t die hard about the individual players, he just cared about the team. He’d stay up all night on New Year’s Eve watching the three stooges. He made sure to still get outside and get his exercise, even competing at the Special Olympics one year.
Lenny will be remembered for his sense of humor. He always wanted to spend time with people and make them laugh. He would make some sly comments knowing he could get a chuckle out of you.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, August 21, from 5 to 7 PM, at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Lenny’s memory to Nexus Inc., 888 Main St., Woburn MA 01801.