Leonard J. 'Lenny' Cantin Sr., 76 SACO -- Leonard J. 'Lenny' Cantin Sr., 76, of Clayton Drive, died on May 11, 2009, at a Biddeford hospital after a brief illness. Born in Van Buren on Oct. 14, 1932, he was the son of Willie and Elizabeth (Michaud) Cantin. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Portland, where he grew up and attended local schools. In 1949, at the age of 17, Lenny enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He served his country proudly during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged in 1952. On May 1, 1953, he married Nancy E. Waite. As a couple, they made their home in Portland and raised their two children there. They have recently celebrated their 56 wedding anniversary. He was employed for 35 years at the former Jayson Caron Company, of Portland, before going to work for the Portland School Department. Ill health forced his retirement after eight years there. His interests included going to yard sales and dickering prices, he loved nature of all kinds and in years past, and enjoyed camping trips with his wife. Lenny was a very sociable person who could strike up a conversation with anybody, whether it was on his front lawn, at a local store or any where he might be, he just loved to meet and talk with folks. Beside his parents; one sister, Estelle Sewall and one brother, Louis Cantin, have predeceased him. Surviving are his wife Nancy E. Cantin of Saco; one daughter, Pamela Jo Ferrar and her husband Richard of Portland, one son, Leonard J. Cantin Jr. of Westbrook; one brother, Richard Cantin and his wife Kathy of Naples, one sister, Irene Scott and her husband Richard of Portland; his four grandchildren, Melissa Getchell, Stefanie Ferrar, Donna Page and Walter Cantin; as well as five great-grandchildren. At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements are by the Dolby and Dorr Funeral Chapel, Gorham. The family would like to thank Dr. Tierney and the nursing staff, especially Rose and Rachael at Southern Maine Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lenny's memory to: The American Diabetes Association 80 Elm St. Portland, Maine 04101 or to any charity of choice Leonard J. 'Lenny' Cantin Sr.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 13, 2009