Leland G. Carlson, 85, formerly of Auburn, most recently of Brockton, died peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2023.
Lee was born and raised in Worcester MA, the son of the late C. George Carlson and Mildred Carlson. He graduated North High in Worcester and attended Upsala College. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Marilyn. Lee worked for TWA for 41 years, a job that came with travel perks he enjoyed. He was known to travel to California and back for lunch on a day off or take his daughters on impromptu journeys across the country and overseas. There were many memorable trips, including taking his daughters to Greece (to console his youngest after she failed her driver’s license test for the second time) and a family trip to Sweden to reconnect with his Swedish family in 2000 (who also enjoyed visiting him in the U.S.).
He retired in 2001, but remained close with many friends from TWA, enjoying yearly reunions. Closer to home, he enjoyed visits to the Cape, with a special love for Eastham. He had his first oyster there for his 85th birthday last year. He never took pictures on his travels, but instead came back with stories of the interesting people he met and meals he enjoyed (he loved food!). In 2021, he moved from Auburn back to Brockton, where he had raised his family, and resided at Heights Crossing Assisted Living where he made new friends and enjoyed many activities. He was a fan of the Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox and also attended several Woo Sox games. He had a great sense of humor (his daughters’ friends fondly remember the “fashion shows” he gave after they went clothes shopping for him). And although it sounds cliché, he rarely had a bad word to say about anyone, unless you were driving too slow on the Pike or Expressway.
Lee enjoyed spending time with his nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand nephews, and daughters’ friends. He was a dedicated, selfless caregiver for his wife Marilyn who suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years.
Lee is survived by his children Cheryl L. Carlson of Quincy, Laurie Carlson Giannaros and her husband Nicolas of North Easton; a “much younger” sister Lois Angelsten of Holden; cousins Nancy Person of Worcester and Paul Carlson of Folsom, CA; also survived by many nieces and nephews and his cat Cuddles.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday January 11th, 2023 at 1:00 pm in Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester MA (mask wearing encouraged), followed by a fika (coffee gathering) at the church. A private graveside service will be held in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. Memorial contributions can be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester MA 01609 (https://secure.myvanco.com/L-Z2K9/home).