Julius "Jim" Leh

August 1, 1943 ~ February 7, 2018 (age 74)

Montague----Julius “Jim” James Leh, 74, of Burek Drive died Wednesday (2-7-18) at home.

He was born in Greenfield August 1, 1943 the son of George and Anna (Balzer) Leh.

Jim attended Greenfield schools and graduated from Greenfield High School Class of 1961.

He was employed by Northeast Utilities for 37 years. Jim was the Field Coordinator of Construction & Maintenance on transmission and distribution lines. Flying in a helicopter he inspected these lines from New Hampshire to Connecticut. Jim was also involved with the construction of the fish ladders in Turners Falls, the Northfield Mountain Pump Storage Facility and the installation of natural gas lines under transmission lines in New Hampshire.

Upon his retirement from Northeast Utilities in 2009 Jim continued on as a consultant and field coordinator for Burns and McDonald, Northern Tree and Northeast Utilities until 2013.

Jim was a hot rod enthusiast. His greatest accomplishment was completing the building of his 1932 Ford five window coupe in 2016. When his boys we young, Jim coached the Montague Elks Newt Guilbault Little League team for many years, bringing home many championships.  He loved taking trips to the Maine coast and picking sea glass at Cape Elizabeth with his wife. Jim also enjoyed watching his granddaughter race her stock car at Monadnock Speedway and attending his grandson’s sports games. In the little bit of spare time he had, he enjoyed working in the garden alongside his wife.

Jim was a communicant of the former St. John’s Church in Millers Falls.

Jim leaves his wife of 54 years the former Carol V. Burek, four sons; Peter, David and his wife Sheri and their daughter, Michelle, William and his wife Suzanne and their sons Max and Corbin, and Anthony.  He also leaves a brother George Leh and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Henry.

Funeral services will be Saturday (2-10-18) at 11AM at Kostanski Funeral Home 220 Federal St., Greenfield.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Turners Falls. Calling hours will be from 9AM until the time of services.

Memorial contribution may be made to Hospice of Franklin County 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or the Franklin County Triad 160 Elm St. Greenfield, MA 01301.

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