Lee Edward Hearn, 90, a resident of East Longmeadow since 1975 and formerly of the Forest Park section of Springfield, died late Wednesday morning, September 2, 2020 at Sixteen Acres Healthcare Center in Springfield. He was born and educated in Springfield a son of the late Henry L. and Mary (Dowd) Hearn and was a graduate of Cathedral High School where he lettered in the football program. Lee received a full scholarship to play college football but declined the opportunity and enlisted in the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Columbus during the Korean War. After returning to civilian life, Lee worked for several years as a Union Bricklayer. Shortly thereafter he began a lengthy career with the US Postal Service retiring in 1987 after more than thirty years of service. Lee played semi-pro football for several years with the former Springfield Acorns, loved gardening, canning tomatoes, and relaxing near the ocean especially vacationing at Matunick, Rhode Island. He is survived by his best friend and devoted wife of 63 years, Evelyn Rose (Belmonte) Hearn and leaves a son, Michael A. Hearn of Somers, CT; two loving daughters, Maureen A. Palmer and her husband William of East Longmeadow, and Caroline L. Hearn of Springfield; his sister, Phyllis Skorka of Springfield; 6 grandchildren, Jessica Ayers and her husband David, Matthew and Zachary Palmer, Andrew Lamson, and Samantha and Jake Hearn; 3 great-grandchildren, Mason, Alexander and Maxwell; as well as several nieces and nephews among whom are Timothy Skorka of Wilbraham. Besides his parents, Lee was predeceased by his brother and sister, Donald and Janice Hearn. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday morning, September 5th from 9:15-10:15 AM at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen Street, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 1900 Allen Street, both in Springfield. Private burial and Military Honors will take place at the Massachusetts veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Contributions in Lee’s name may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. As mandated by the Governor, all guest will need to social distance and masks will be required during all services.
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