Albert F. "Al" Lenzi Print E-mail

Albert F. "Al" Lenzi

Well known and long time business leader in the food and beverage industry



Albert “Al” F. Lenzi, 91, of Lowell, Massachusetts, a well known and respected member of the Greater Lowell community, died Saturday October 30, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband for over 64 years of Joan M. (Leahy) Lenzi, who survives him.

Born in Lowell on May 9, 1930, the son of the late Bruno and and the late Mary (Schiripo) Lenzi, he attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School, Lowell High School, class  of 1948 where he played football and basketball.

He went on to attend the former Lowell Technological Institute (nka U/Mass Lowell) where he played basketball and held the school’s scoring record for a period of time, and later from 1954 to 1958 he became the head basketball coach at Lowell High School.

Al’s career in the food and beverage industry began in 1953 when he opened The Pioneer Sandwich Shop in Downtown Lowell which later became Ricky’s Dog House, a staple in downtown Lowell which he owned for 37 years.

In 1987, he started Lenzi’s Catering in Lowell with his son Michael.  Then in 2001 Al bought the Windsor Mill House Restaurant and Function Hall in Dracut that became Lenzi’s which his son Michael continues to operate today.  On weekend nights, Al enjoyed meeting the many guests at the The Tavern at Lenzi’s Restaurant.

A former member of Vesper Country Club he was a member for over 60 years at Long Meadow Golf Club where he enjoyed golfing and playing 45’s with his many friends.

For over 50 years Al and his wife Joan spent time at their summer home on Cape Cod and was a member of the Hyannis Yacht Club and looked forward to the summer racing meets at Saratoga Springs Race Track in New York.

Al was the Co-Founder along with Dan Leahy of the Celebration of Life, a fundraising group that benefits the Mustard Seed Community in Jamaica overseen by Father Gregory Ramkissoon.

Besides his wife Joan, he is survived by three sons, Michael J. Lenzi and his wife Sandra of Dracut, Christopher J Lenzi and his former wife Susan of Tyngsboro and Albert F. Lenzi Jr. of Troy N.Y.; a daughter, Jo-Ann Lenzi of Tyngsboro; a sister, Margaret M. Lenzi of Lowell,; fifteen grandchildren, Michael P. Riley, Jennifer, Michael J. Jr., Myles , Matthew J., Stephanie M. Lenzi, Max , Madison , Micah McQuaide, Timothy , Elizabeth, Shannon Lenzi, Ryan, Brett and Sofia Lenzi; seven great grandchildren, Michael P. Riley Jr., Lana J. Riley, Amber M, Hailey M, Jack, Rylee and Giada Lenzi; a sister in law, Martha Leahy of Nashua, a dear friend and co-worker for over 69 years Bob Sawicki of Lowell and many nieces, nephews and friends.

AL was the brother of the late John Lenzi and his late in laws, Elizabeth Nangle, Elinor Leahy O’Connor, Marilyn Leahy Gill, John Leahy Jr and Daniel Leahy.

Friends may call at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH 144 EAST MERRIMACK ST. LOWELL on Wednesday November 3, 2021 from 9:00 AM until his Funeral Mass at 12 Noon. (Parking lot on left side of church) followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Mustard Seed Community, 29 James Avenue, Medfield ,MA. 02052.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, LOWELL, MA 978-458-8768

Condolences (8)
  • Cathy and Rick Randall  - Our Deepest Sympathies
    Heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a great man. We cherish our memories of Saturday nights at The Tavern. It was so wonderful to see family and friends always come over to see Al and Joan. The genuine love and respect was apparent. They always made us feel like part of their extended family.
  • Bob Kilmartin  - Prayers
    Thoughts and prayers go out to Al, Mike, and the entire Lenzi family on your loss. Hopefully, the many happy memories will sustain you at this difficult time. RIP Mr. Lenzi.
  • Sharon Keefe
    To The Entire Lenzi Family, My Dad considered Al a true high true high school friend!A friend to many in the community!A true household name!Our family will always remember his kindness!RIP Al
  • Brian Campbell  - Your Dad
    Mike and Sandy, Sorry for the loss of your Dad. He is a great role model for all of his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. My deepest condolences. Brian Campbell and Family.
  • mcowgill and family
    Im very sorry to the Lenzi family about the passing of there father his restaurant was my go to place in high school where I saw him every day rest in pease Mr lenzi
  • Phil Beati
    My condolences to the entire Lenzi family. He was such a great man and a good friend to my father. Fond memories of playing football and wiffleball in the Lenzi backyard.
  • Glenn and Margie Mello
    Deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful man .Always a smile on his face .Thoughts with you all at this sad time .
  • Bob & Caroline Howard
    No matter how old we are it’s never easy to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you grieve during this difficult time.
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