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Leon J. Avey

November 19, 1941 — June 29, 2023


Leon J. Avey

Leon J. Avey of Groton, MA passed away on June 29, 2023 at home after a long illness with his wife of 65 years, Barbara, by his side. He was born in Leominster on November 19, 1941, son of the late Joseph and Marjorie (LaValley) Avey. He will be greatly missed by his children Irene Flood and her husband Michael of Shirley, MA, Frederic Avey of Ayer, MA, and Catherine Keese and her husband Brian of McCleary, WA. He is also survived by his grandchildren and their spouses Christopher and Heather Condon, Jessica and Nick Roy, and Brian Jr. and Mikel Keese along with 3 great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Mackenzie Roy and Atticus Keese. He is survived by his sister Leona Avey, brother Joseph Avey and his wife Cate, and brother-in-law James Presley. He was predeceased by his sister Brenda Presley and brother Robert Avey.

Leon grew up in Leominster and graduated from Lancaster High School. He relocated to Boston after marrying Barbara and they later settled in Groton, MA in 1971. Leon had a long career with the Shirley Police Department before retiring as a Lieutenant. The highlight of his career was when he delivered two baby girls 24 hours apart in 1980. He also spent many years as a volunteer Groton firefighter, also retiring from that service as a Lieutenant.

Leon was a long-time member of the Union Congregational Church in Groton. He loved woodworking, fishing (especially in Alaska), traveling the world with Barbara, all Boston sports particularly the Patriots, and his family.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 7th at 10 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton, MA. Burial will be private. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Union Congregational Church of Groton, Attn: Building Fund, 220 Main St. Groton, MA 01450 ( )

Arrangements are entrusted to the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, Pepperell, MA.

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Memorial Service

Friday, July 7, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Union Congregational Church

218 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450

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