Stanley Lech of Southampton passed away on December 15th, with his wife of 53 years, Nancy Lech, by his side. He is the son of the late Bruno and Lottie (Podolak) Lech of Easthampton, and he leaves his brother Michael, who still lives there. He attended local schools and graduated from Easthampton High School in 1963. In kindergarten, he met his lifelong best friend whom he leaves after 70 years of friendship, Zig Jankowski. Soon after school, he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War where he was a soldier for the heavy artillery Howitzer Battalion. He was a staunch patriot, often donning clothing that illustrated his pride in America.
Two months after his military service, he married Nancy Cox, and they remained in Easthampton. He also leaves Nancy’s sister, Colleen Parrish, of Northampton. While raising their children Kimberly and Jason, Stanley worked at Digital Equipment in Westfield, and later at Spaulding/Callaway Golf in Chicopee, from where he retired. He was a pipe fitter, a welder, and a plumber. He could repair or renovate almost anything, but he only did so while wearing his trademark: a colorful welding hat in a crazy pattern. Stan was an avid outdoorsman who engaged in ice fishing in the winter, river fishing in the spring, ocean fishing in the summer, and hunting in the fall. He was a member of the Easthampton Rod and Gun Club, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Easthampton Fish and Game Club. One of his favorite activities was sharing stories with his son, his son-in-law, and his friends of “the one that got away” or “the biggest buck ever.” He also loved spending his summers in Wells, Maine, where he enjoyed clam chowder and lobster or fished the jetty and the footbridge.
In retirement, Stan’s days were spent with family, who all live in Southampton. He leaves his daughter Kim Bush and her husband Walter Bush. They have two sons, Colin and Austin. He also leaves his son Jason Lech and his wife Becky Lech, as well as their children Gwyneth, Paige, and Owen. Stan has a very large extended family that is scattered throughout the United States.
The family expresses their gratitude to The Renaissance Manor on Cabot Street in Holyoke, which became Stan’s second home over the last year. Stanley will be buried with military honors at the Brookside Cemetery in Easthampton in the spring, and there will be a celebration of his life on or near his birthday on June 29th, pending the end of social distancing. Details will follow at a later date. Mitchell Funeral Home is handling arrangements www.mitchellcofuneralhome.com
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