NAUGATUCK — Leonard W. “Lenny” Mangine, 91, died peacefully on March 27, 2018 at Hartford Hospital.
Lenny was born on Aug. 7, 1926 in Naugatuck, a son of the late Dominick and Angeline Mangine, and lived in Naugatuck all of his life. He retired as a master tool maker after many years as the director of product design at Braxton Manufacturing. He was a proud WWII U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.
Lenny will be remembered as a kind and loving father, a beloved brother and uncle and a devoted and heartfelt friend to those fortunate enough to have known him. A gifted singer and guitar player, a wise mentor, an avid outdoorsman and an outstanding story-teller, Lenny was genuine in spirit and authentic in manner to all the lives he touched. His legacy reflects a remarkably full life rich with acts of kindness and helping others and he leaves those who knew him touched by his unassuming presence and strength of character.
Lenny was a willing and sensitive listener offering comfort and understanding to friends and family in times of need. He was always available. Lenny was also known for his incredible talent as someone who could diagnose and fix just about anything. If it was broken; Lenny could fix it. He could often be found cheering on his beloved Red Sox as he watched them on TV. There are no words to describe how much he will be missed. Lenny was a gentleman; an exceptional and incomparable man.
Lenny is survived by his daughter, Patty Shea and her husband, Mike Shea, of Woodbury; his son, Lenny Mangine of Mojave, Calif.; his grandchildren, Mike Shea, Adam Shea and Nick Mangine; his brother, Joseph Mangine of Waterbury; his sisters, Loretta Loyer of Naugatuck and Eleanor Wilkas of Wolcott; his dear and loving longtime friend, Linda R. DeCarlo; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lenny was predeceased by his beloved wife, Gwendolyn (Grindell) Mangine.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck. Friends may call on Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Members of the Naugatuck Veterans Council will assemble at the funeral home Friday at 11:15 a.m.
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