Leonard H Chace Jr., 86, passed away September 25, 2021 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife Eleanor of 63 years. He and Eleanor shared their time between their homes in Lakeville Massachusetts and Englewood Florida. In addition to his wife he is survived by his sister Cynthia Chace McNiel, his Sister-in-law Barbara Chace and was preceded in death by his identical twin Russell Mort Chace. Leonard was born in New Bedford , Massachusetts to Gertrude Mort and Leonard Chace, Sr. of East Freetown, Massachusetts. He was a kind and loving Uncle to Cathy McGovern, Bruce Childs, Susan Childs, Margaret Childs, Ferguson McNiel, Kathryn McNiel, Stephen McNiel, Jonathan Chace & Susan Chace as well as multiple grand nieces and nephews and his Godchild Wendy Guthrie.
Len Jr. first started his automotive career working at the East Freetown Garage which later became L.H. Chace & Sons Chevrolet in Middleboro operating the business alongside his father Leonard H Chace Sr. and his brother Russell Chace from 1965 – 2004, ultimately becoming President.
Growing up on Long Pond, he developed his passion for boating. Later in life the ocean called him, cruising his boat all over Buzzards Bay with his favorite Island being Cuttyhunk, where the wind was always at his back and the sun on his shoulders . He and Eleanor enjoyed fishing every year in Maine or Florida.
He was very proud to follow his father as a volunteer fireman for the East Freetown Fire Department for 13 years. He and Eleanor were charter members of the 5C’s Club. Being an active part of his community was important to Leonard and he was a Mason of the Scottish Rites and served on the Board of Directors for Eastern Bank for many years.
His passions included antique cars and oil lamps. His love for traveling and exploring new places took him all over the world.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Len’s wonderful caregiver Milak and the care provided by Beacon Hospice.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday (10/1) 4-8pm at South Coast Chapel Mortuary, 158 Middleboro Rd, E. Freetown. A funeral service will take place on Saturday (10/2) 10 am at East Freetown Congregational Christian Church, 4 Washburn Rd, East Freetown.
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