|Leonard Eugene Lamendola passed away on March 22, 2011, in Bradenton, FL, after a twelve year battle with prostate cancer. He made his home in Melbourne, FL, for about the past ten years. He spent the final weeks of his life close to his daughter, Lynnette.|
Some biographical facts
Len, or "Lenny" as many of his friends called him, was born on November 13, 1936 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL. He was the son of Thomas and Mamie Lamendola, who preceded him in death. His sister (one of two) Tina preceded him in death, also.
After working as a mechanic in his youth, Len obtained work as a draftsman and worked his way up to being a tool designer. He distinguished himself with ingenious solutions to tricky problems, throughout his entire career. Most of that career was spent at Twin Disc (Rockford, IL). Part of his pre- Twin Disc career was at Barber Colman, where his son also worked at one time.
A former coworker, Gil Marshall (Independence, MO), said of him, "Len was a congenial worker." Gil and Len kept in touch many years after their long work relationship ended. Gil left Twin Disc before the final shoe dropped, but Len stayed on until the end.
After Twin Disc closed, Len continued on as a tool designer for various firms in the Rockford area.
Hobbies and interests
During his retirement in Melbourne, Len enjoyed being a Moose Club member. He was an avid card player, well-noted handyman, and car enthusiast. And he was exceptionally good at all of these things.
During the 1970s, he reached the skill level of journeyman (or close to it) in several of the building trades. He and his son enjoyed their best times together working on cars or remodeling projects even well into Len's retirement. Both his daughter and son (a master electrician with skill in the other trades) asked his advice on how to fix or build things, because it always turned out to be good advice.
Len is also a published author. His article, "What Makes a Good Working Drawing?" ran in EC&M Magazine.
Len had an amazing spatial ability. His son recounts the story of building a workbench in 1991. "I was going to draw it out on paper, but he drew it out in his head while I was still trying to make lines on paper. He just started measuring boards, marking them with a pencil, and telling me 'cut here.' It went together perfectly."
Len was also a happy dog sitter, enjoying time with his daughter's dog Molly. They seemed to have a special bond.
In this time-starved world, Len somehow always made time for his kids. No matter how busy he was, he'd pretend he had nothing else going on when they'd call. If it's unusual for parents to tell their kids, "I'm glad you called," it was not unusual for him to do so.
Other notes of interest
He is survived by his:
He was also close to his cousin Larry Pozzi, of Rock Island, IL.
Another cousin he was close to was Joe Lamendella (yes, a different spelling), of Chicago. It grieved
him when Joe died on the operating table in 2010.
Cause of death
He did not die from cancer. He died from malpractice that ensued from his having cancer. Due to improper procedures, he kept getting one urinary tract infection after another, getting weaker and weaker. There were other issues as well, but this was the main one. At no time did the doctors address the cause of the cancer, a cause that is well-known.
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As a retiree in 2009
As a GI in 1958
With Buddy Ron in 2001