Leonard P. Sansoucy
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Published in The Republican on May 1, 2023
Leonard P. Sansoucy “Len” or “Lenny” of Oakham, Massachusetts passed away April 16, 2023, surrounded by his family after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Leonard and Florence Sansoucy on June 7, 1957. He grew up in Chicopee with his five older sisters.
Len enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating Chicopee High School and spent his service years in the 529 Military Police Company stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. Upon returning to the states, he was campus security at Mt. Holyoke College. A passion for law enforcement led him to the Massachusetts State Police where he served many and varied positions beginning in 1986. He was undercover narcotics in Worcester, computer forensics as part of the 9/11 team, instructor at the academy, and on the Turnpike until his retirement in 2013.
Upon retirement he enjoyed archery, hunting, travel, reading, wine making, listening to opera, and moving earth around with his Kubota tractor. It was his departed sister, Carol Sypek, who encouraged him to read as a child. He did the same for his children and in recent years they held a weekly family zoom book club which provided hours of sharing and laughter. On the Turnpike he stopped a motorist for speeding and her excuse was she was so involved in listening to Puccini, La Boehm. He let her off but with the caveat Verdi was better. Len was a lifelong Red Sox fan and, through the generosity of the Red Sox and CCALS, was able to throw out the first pitch on Lou Gehrig Day 2022.
He is survived by his loving wife, Juli; children, Laura Scott of Easthampton, Lisa Moriarty of Granby, Lindsay Pollard of Watertown, NY; stepchildren Sara Holmes of Shutesbury, Abigail Holmes of Clementon, NJ; grandchildren: Jackson and Jameson Scott, Madelyn and Eli Pollard, Henry Moriarty, Penelope Holmes-Araujo, four sisters: Eileen Ringenbach, Linda McMahon, Nancy Gadsby, and Deborah Sansoucy as well as very dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Cares ALS (CCALS) P.O. Box 1052