Leonard W. Magnusson
December 18, 1929 – March 22, 2019
Leonard Walter Magnusson, born Dec 18, 1929 in St Louis, MO, passed away Friday March 22 after being struck with pneumonia and the flu earlier in the month, as well as Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of 67 years and their children Susan, husband Dan, Nancy, husband Bob, and Frank; his granddaughter Wendy, husband Mike, and their sons Cody and Lex (Len’s great grandsons). Len was employed by multiple chemical companies as a Professional Chemical Engineer, moving 16 times throughout his career. Len was an army veteran, wine maker, a sailor, music lover and sports car enthusiast. He won several national awards for the wines he produced, owned several sailboats over the years, and refurbished many cars. He played trumpet in a band at college dances and spent his later years singing in the choir at St. Christopher’s Church. Len and Betty have enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as well as cruising trips. They traveled often with Friends of Monomoy Theater to London. Len and Betty purchased Chatham Hardware and moved to Chatham in 1986. He and Betty were sailing enthusiasts, especially with their current boat “Rejoice” with Monomoy Yacht Club. Len was involved in starting Pleasant Bay Community Boating and Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. Len will be missed by his family and friends. Visitations will be held on Wednesday March 27 from 4 – 6 pm at Nickerson Funeral Home, Chatham. A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday March 28 at St Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Chatham. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Parkinson’s Foundation (200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131) and/or Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (P.O. Box 421, North Chatham, MA 02650). For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
- Visitation Wednesday, March 27, 2019
- Memorial Service Thursday, March 28, 2019
Leonard W. Magnusson
Richard and Julianna Winchell
April 2, 2019
Julie and I were the musicians at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church from 1995 to 2013 and Len was a loyal and cherished member of the choir for all those years.
He and Betty were not only very supportive members of St. Christopher's but also wonderful friends to our family. We had many good times on trips as members of the organ committee
and Len was always there to lend a helping hand to us less gifted shade tree mechanics.
He was, indeed, a man for all seasons who truly loved and respected his fellow creatures.
He will always be in our hearts.
Richard, Julie and Kaleb Winchell
March 26, 2019
An honorable man, respectful husband and a loving father.....he will live on in the hearts of all those he loved!
March 25, 2019
My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Dave and Nancy Wilber
March 24, 2019
To us, Len was a modern day Renaissance Man. From sailing to music, wine making to sports cars, travel to helping launch CMMC and PBCB, he found the time for all of them and still had room for new endeavors. We admired his ability to make plans and execute them (usually with Betty’s help). And, we admired his spirit, his curiosity and his optimism.
March 22, 2019
I knew Len to be a gentle, kind man....
March 22, 2019
Len was one of the nicest, kindest human beings I ever met with a really advanced sense of humor and a fabulous neighbor, too.
Great condolences to Betty, Nancy & the rest of the family.
I will miss him a lot.