LeGrand ‘Lee’ Joseph Wolansky, 70, overcame adversity and was known as a fighter, lover, giver

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LeGrand 'Lee' Joseph Wolansky
LeGrand ‘Lee’ Joseph Wolansky

LeGrand “Lee” Joseph Wolansky died peacefully Nov. 5, 2015, at his home on Oak Island after a long fought battle with cancer. He was 70.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, LeGrand Edward Wolansky and Kathleen Mary Wolansky.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Ellen Wolansky, of Oak Island; children, Mary Kathleen Young (husband Christopher), of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Rebecca McDonald Callahan (husband David), of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, Joanna Catherine Jones (husband Michael), of Boiling Springs, South Carolina and Lee Warren Wolansky (wife Lindsey), of Oak Ridge; grandchildren, Sarah, Jack and MaryKate Young, Dean Callahan, Lauren Jones and Luke Wolansky; brother, Lynn Wolansky, of Hickory; sisters, Donna Wojciaczyk (husband Jimmy), of Port Jefferson, Station, New York and Dinah Nicholas (husband Arthur), of Madison, Wisconsin; and his faithful canines, Matlida and Lilly “the baby.”

Lee was born in North Tonawanda, New York on Nov. 28, 1944. He graduated from Tonawanda High School, class of 1963 where he then left for the U.S. Navy. During his tenure in the Navy, he served on the USS OPPORTUNE ARS-41 during Vietnam and USS ATKA AGB-3 during Operation Deep Freeze Antarctica. While in the Coast Guard he served on the U.S.C.G.C MACKINAW WAGB-83, 1966.

After serving in the Navy and Coast Guard, he went on to work for the Boston Railroad, Penske in Patchogue, New York, U.S. Merchant Marines, Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Granbury, Texas, Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) in Glen Rose, Texas, Shoreham Nuclear Power Station in Wading River, New York, Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina, Pantex in Amarillo, Texas and has worked at X-10 Nuclear Reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for the last 20 years.

Words cannot do justice to the life that Lee lived. He was a lover, a fighter and a giver. He served his country proudly, overcame adversity, loved working, loved fishing, loved the beach and loved his family. Those who knew him will deeply miss his quirky personality and upside down smile. His memory will live on in the lives of his loved ones.

The visitation for Lee will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home, 1411 N. Howe St. ,Southport. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with a reception immediately following. A memorial will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Power Squadron, 707 Emory Valley Road, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, in memory of LeGrand Wolansky.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock-Newnam White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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