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Lennox R.
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September 4, 1934 – November 24, 2018

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Obituary for Lennox R. Brodeur

Lennox Richardson Brodeur died peacefully at her home in Eastford, CT on Saturday, November 24, 2018, with her family by her side after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 84.

She was born on September 4, 1934 in New York City to Joseph P. and Marie [Harding] Richardson. Her formative years were spent in Malverne, NY where she graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in 1952. She did her undergraduate studies at Boston University’s Sargent College, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1956. [She served as Secretary of the Sargent Class of 1956 for many years and in 2006, at her 50th Reunion, she was recognized for meritorious service to the Alumni Association.] Later, in 1963, she received her Master’s degree [in Guidance and Psychological Testing] from Springfield College. Upon graduation from Sargent, she joined the faculty of Briarcliff College where she coached and taught Physical Education. She left Briarcliff to teach Physical Education in the Sayville, NY school system. In the early 1960s she became a civilian employee of the U.S. Army stationed at the Service Club at the Army’s armored training center in Grafenwoehr, West Germany. She returned home in 1962 to enter Graduate School.

During her days at Springfield College she interned at South Hadley [MA] High School and upon receiving her Master’s she took a position there. It was there that she met her husband of 53 years, Arthur W. Brodeur, who was teaching English, Latin, and French. She was the corridor proctor outside his homeroom.
They were married on September 4, 1965, her birthday, in Anabel Taylor Chapel at Cornell University where Art was a staff writer and she worked crosstown Ithaca as Assistant to the Dean of Women at Ithaca College.

From 1965 to 1978, the Brodeurs lived in Ithaca and nearby Dryden. All four of their children were born in Ithaca. While raising her children Lennox also found time for community service, a hallmark of her life, including membership on the Dryden Board of Education with policy responsibility for Transportation for one the largest geographic school districts in New York State.

In 1978 a career move took them to Boston and Medfield, MA. where she served on the Town Warrant [Finance] Committee and as the Town’s representative on regional recycling efforts. She also worked part-time for the Massachusetts Ski Club.

Another spousal career move took them to The Ohio State University in 1985 and to residence in Powell, Ohio where she was elected Village Clerk, a position she held until a final move to the University of Connecticut. During her Powell years, she was named Citizen of the Year in 1990.

From 1996 until her death she was active in many university and community endeavors including presidency of the UCONN League, board member and builder for Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Connecticut, and long-serving board member of the Auxiliary to Windham Hospital; where she became a familiar face at the former Windham Hospital Coffee Shop, volunteering religiously and diligently each Friday. She was also deeply involved in the Eastford community including serving as the Town’s “First Lady” for six years.

A talented athlete herself, particularly in field hockey and as Valley Stream Central’s star catcher in softball, she long advocated on behalf of women athletes and was outspoken in urging equality for women in all aspects of athletics long before passage of federal Title IX legislation. She relished both participation in, and spectating at, sports be it skiing at Wengen or Kitzbuhl, standing on the sidelines of high school field hockey games, or cheering on the UConn Women basketeers at Gampel Pavilion or at Final Fours.

She was involved in Girl Scouting her entire life—as scout, camp director, and troop leader. She directed camps in Bear Mountain Park for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. In 1993, she took her troop to the Girl Scout Chalet in Adelboden, Switzerland and then traipsing through Europe.

Besides her husband, Art, she is survived by three children: Lt. Commander Jeffrey M. Brodeur, US Coast Guard [Leah] of Waquoit, MA; Jennifer L. Brodeur of Northampton, MA; and Amy M. Bradford [Andrew] of Maytown, PA. She leaves four grandsons: Braden and William Bradford and Griffin and Parker Brodeur. She also leaves her sister, Judith Cercena of Dover Plains, NY; her brother, Joseph Richardson [Joan] of Slingerlands, NY; her sister-in-law, Carol Clarkin [Charles] of Woods Hole, MA; her sister-in-law, Virginia Brodeur of East Falmouth, MA; her sister-in-law, Susan Richardson of Albany, NY; and her long-time and closet friend, Dorothy Dever [William] of Niskayuna, NY; nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends.

She was predeceased by her son, Timothy P. Brodeur; her parents; her in-laws, Leo and Isabel Brodeur; her brother-in-law, Paul Brodeur; and her nephew, Karl Richardson.

The family wishes to extend its utmost respect and deep gratitude to her physicians, Dr. Mary Berry and Dr. Jeffrey Baker; to the Windham Hospital Oncology Center nurses and staff; and to the nurses of Hartford Healthcare Hospice at Home.

Visiting hours will be held at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Road [Route 195], Tolland CT, on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m., Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Eastford Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Eastford. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

She may be memorialized by donations to the Lennox Richardson Brodeur Oncology Support Fund at Windham Hospital, care of Shawn Maynard, Executive Director, Windham Hospital Foundation, 112 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic, CT 06226

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When Friday, November 30th, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
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375 Merrow Road
Tolland, CT
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Saturday, December 1st, 2018 1:00pm
Location
Eastford Congregational Church
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8 Church Street
Eastford, CT

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