July 30, 1944 ~ December 12, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

John Edward Lee, of Hamden, died December 12, 2020 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Born July 30, 1944, John was a lifelong resident of Hamden and Madison. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Scully Lee and Marion Crane Lee, his brother Joseph Crane Lee, and his niece Carolyn Lee McCormack. John leaves behind a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Lee of Madison; nephews, Timothy (Gail) Lee of Madison, and Christopher Lee (Amy Sue Leavens) of Vienna, VA; nieces, Kathryn Lee of Madison and Elizabeth Jensen (James) of Van Nuys, CA; five great-nieces and nephews. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Georgetown University, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, John was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1969, but his practice was delayed when he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served until 1971. He then joined the firm of Garvey, Colleran, Weiner & Levy, eventually becoming a partner in the firm. In 1978, John became a solo practitioner and worked independently until the end of his career, which included arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court. John was an active member of his community, maintaining memberships in the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association (of which he served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section), and the New Haven County Bar Association. He was also active in his church community, serving as the chair of both the St. Rita and Our Lady of Mercy School Boards, as the president of the St. Rita parish council, and as a Eucharistic minister, which collectively earned him the Archdiocesan Medal of Appreciation in 2005. A kind and gentle soul with a special love for his four-legged friends, John will be especially remembered for the wonderful sense of humor that invariably brought laughter and enjoyment to those who knew him.

For safety reasons, John’s funeral and burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are in the care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Contributions in his memory may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, 1620 Whitney Ave., Hamden CT 06517, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. To John’s Family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences – sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with John many years ago at Garvey, Colleran, Weiner & Levy. John was such a gentleman with a wicked sense of humor! I was in contact with John approximately 10 or 12 years ago when he handled a small property issue for me, and he did a wonderful job! Again, my sympathies. Denise Grudzinski Ross

  2. Dear Mary Jo and family….what a difficult loss this is. John was not only our attorney but a dear friend for over 25 years. He was the consummate gentleman….smart…kind…funny and generous. Marion was always so proud of him as she was of the entire Lee family and I can only imagine their happy heavenly reunion. He and Art would always have a friendly banter about Georgetown vs Villanova basketball and their interactions always made me smile. Art thought the world of him and so did I. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know for sure the world was a brighter place with John in our midst. With love, Gail Gallagher

  3. Dear Mary Jo, Kathryn, Beth, Tim and Chris…

    How sad we are to be sending you this message. John was a steady presence in our lives over the years, and we so appreciated his thoughtfulness and dry sense of humor. Not being able to gather with you to celebrate his memory adds to the pain we are feeling today.

    We will keep you and his memory in our prayers. Stay safe and well…

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