Lee was a devoted Roman Catholic. He converted to Catholicism prior to marrying Eleanor in 1959. One of the greatest influences in his life was Eleanor’s mother, Margaret Fogarty, who accepted him as her son and guided his spiritual development. This was instrumental in the development of Lee’s dedication to his own family. Lee worked tirelessly throughout his life to make better the lives of all his family. When his sons were young he worked two or three different jobs at once to provide them with the best education available. Lee was always happiest on the water, and passed on his love of fishing and boating to his sons and grandchildren, having always kept a boat on the Merrimack River in Newburyport. Lee exemplified his love and dedication to family by staying close and caring for his mother and stepfather, Frederick (Red) Davis, and his father and stepmother, Elizabeth (Betty) Lane during their elder years. Lee also became guardian to Eleanor’s developmentally disabled cousin, Richard Chapeau, providing a caring and stable life until Richard’s death in October. Lee’s happiest moment was when he was able to combine his love for his family with his love of the water during a cruise up the Merrimack River on the Captain’s Lady II during Father’s Day weekend.
Family friends and relatives are invited to calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, at the Miles Funeral & Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Road, (Route 12), Sterling. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 16, at 10 a.m., at St. Richard of Chichester Church, 4 Bridge St., Sterling. Burial will be in Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Covenant House of New York or The March of Dimes. To share a memory, offer an online condolence or for directions, please visit www.milesfuneralhome.com.