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Leonard M. Givens

October 24, 1942 ~ July 17, 2019 (age 76)
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Leonard “Lenny” Mitchell Givens aka Billy of Randolph, MA, departed this earthly life on July 17, 2019 in Boston, MA.

Lenny was born on October 24, 1942 in Sanderson, FL  to the late Minister Mitchell Givens and Mother Minnie (Paige) Givens.  He graduated form Baker County High School in Macclenny, FL.  After graduation he joined the U.S. Army.  In 1964 he married the late Marian Crawford.  Lenny and Marian moved to Boston, MA in 1966.  He began working at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare.  He retired in 2013 after 47 years of tenure. 

Lenny was very active in his community.  He served on the Board of Warren Garden Housing of which he was also a resident until he moved in 2017 to Randolph, MA.  He was known as the “grill master” and for his world famous lemonade. 

Lenny had a sincere love for his family.  He along with his wife Marian and cousin Purcell Givens started the “Big G’ club and presided as the President since its beginning.  He hosted trips to Atlantic City and had a strong following for over 20 years. 

He loved staying physically active.  Playing tennis and bowling were among his favorite sports to engage in.  He was a member of several bowling leagues, including one with colleagues from MGH, the Sportsmen’s and Electrons bowling leagues.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian, children Bethania Shenae Givens, Chad E. Givens, sisters Shirley-Jean Givens and Bonnie-Jean Givens, Wanda Ann Williams, Wilbur Givens and Eugene Givens.  

Lenny is survived by his children Eddie (Janine) Macon, Jr. of Myrtle Beach, SC, Leonard (Lavonne) Shuler of Jacksonville, FL, Nicole “Nikki” Givens and Lamont Adams of Boston, MA.  Five brothers, Roger (Lillie) Givens, Edward (Phyllis) Givens, Fred (Willetta) Givens and Wayne Givens all of Boston, MA , Rev. Willie Lee Givens of Sanderson, FL.  Three sisters, Jackie Jackson, Beatrice (John) Blue all of Boston, MA and Earlene (Glenn) Palmer of Jacksonville, FL.  He has 11 grandchildren, Kakia, Valerie, Dashawn, Kyle, Kani, Raquawn, Cory, Cordell, Teagan, Jenna and Desiree.  He also leaves to mourn 12 great-grandchildren, including Khya “mama” Givens, whom he held near and dear to his heart.  He is also survived by a loving host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and dear friends. 

Lenny lived an exemplary life and will be sorely missed by all!


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