Lynn Donald Lemieux, 79, of Manchester Connecticut passed peacefully on Sunday July 7, 2019 at his home. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 11, 1940. He was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather and leaves his family with a legacy that will always be cherished and never forgotten.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1959 and was the lead trumpet player in the Air Force Band for four years. Lynn was an extremely accomplished trumpet player who received commendations from the General. After being discharged from the military Lynn returned to Glastonbury where he continued his musical journey with his own trio, playing trumpet and piano. He worked for the Jarvis and Landerman Agencies in big and small musical groups and with the Bobby Kaye Big Band in various clubs, weddings and all kinds of events in the state and up and down the east coast. He had his own trio that performed at Cavey’s Restaurant for many years. Lynn was formerly a member of the Hartford Musician’s Union Local 400 and served as a union steward. His passion for music was in his soul especially for great jazz. More than one of his musician peers told his wife, “that he played from his heart and soul, they had never performed with a more skillful and gifted trumpet player.” He taught his grandson Joshua trumpet and piano to his granddaughter Amanda. After leaving the Air Force Lynn went back to school for music and attended The Hartt School of Music and studied at the Berklee Conservatory. He always had a thirst for learning and teaching. Lynn also studied design engineering and retired from Flanagan Brothers Industries of Glastonbury. Lynn was an avid reader and enjoyed reading about physics, history and was currently reading about the Constitution of the United States. He enjoyed talking with everyone he met about what he was reading, he was always teaching.
Lynn leaves his loving wife of 49 years, Gail (Sloan) Lemieux, a bond that will never be broken. His devoted daughters, Noelle Lemieux of Storrs and Renee Lemieux and her husband Cleber Galindo of Essex, and his complete joy his grandchildren Joshua Sawtelle of Manchester and Amanda Sawtelle of Storrs. He is also survived by sisters Deon Schuck of South Carolina and Adele Bernardi of Connecticut, his brother in-law William Sloan and several nieces and nephews. Lynn was predeceased by his parents Armand Lemieux and Barbara Robinson of Glastonbury and his brother Guy Lemieux of South Carolina.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an educational account for Lynn’s grandchildren, “In Memory of Lynn Lemieux” at Savings Institute, 95 Storrs Rd., Suite 32, Willimantic, CT 06226. To leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.holmeswatkins.com.
In Memory of Lynn Lemieux Fund at Savings Institute
95 Storrs Road Suite 32, Willimantic CT 06226