Joel L. Lennen
November 05, 1957 - September 05, 2022
Visitation: Friday 3-7p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Twp.
Service: Saturday,10:30 a.m.; Hope Lutheran Church. Everyone please meet at Church.
Age 64 passed away on September 5, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loved ones, after a courageous three yearbattle with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. Joel was born on November 5, 1957 in Greenville, OH to (the late) C. Leroy Lennen and Barbara Wolfe Lennen. In addition to his mother, Joel is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kate Cleary Lennen and his beloved children, Joel P. Lennen, Dillon O. Lennen, Kerry A. Lennen and Molly K. Lennen all of Pittsburgh. Joel is also survived by his brother, Kevin L. Lennen (Kelly) of Dayton, OH, his mother-in-law, Judith S. Cleary, his sister-in-law, Jill C. Mackey, his brother-in-law, Ted Cleary, all of Fairfax, Vermont, and his brother-in-law Tom Cleary (Kim) of Pembroke, NH. Uncle to Kyle, (Meg), Karlee, and Keegan Lennen, JJ, Nico and Montana Mackey, Devin (Patrick) McCormack, Abby Cleary and Katie (John-Luc) Landry. Also, many great-nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts. Joel was preceded in death by his father-in-law, James M. Cleary and nephew, Hunter Mackey.
Joel graduated from Bowling Green University, cum laude, in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, magna cum laude, in 1983. While at Syracuse, Joel was chosen for Law Review and served as editor. After law school Joel clerked for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. In 1986, Joel joined Eckert Seamans where he became a Partner/Member in 1994 and continued working there until the time of his retirement in January 2022. Joel shared mutual respect with so many of his wonderful colleagues.
Joel worked as a corporate litigator for most of his career and many Pittsburgh attorneys, as well as others across the nation in both state and Federal courts, rued being his opposing counsel.His attention to detail and organizational skills served his clients well, not to mention his well-founded belief that his position was always the correct one. Joel was involved in construction litigation, environmental Superfund matters, class action defense, and many other contract disputes. He was also involved with several municipal law issues including Act 47 compliance for New Castle, PA. His most beloved role was serving as General Counsel to the Port Authority Board, a position he was involved with from early on in his career and where he assumed the official title in 2007. Port Authority honored him with a proclamation in January of 2022 when he stepped down due to his illness. The day he was honored was the day the Fern Hill bridge collapsed; perhaps some karmic involvement occurred on that day.
Joel loved to travel, a tradition he inherited from his father, and instilled that love in his family. He visited 48 states and 25countries throughout his life. In addition to travel and reading,Joel loved sports and was a decades long fan of Syracuse Basketball, the Cleveland Browns and anything his children participated in. His loyalty to the Browns, despite living in the belly of the beast for thirty-six years, is legendary.
Joel and Kate spent most of their married life in Mars, PA and only recently relocated to Freedom. They developed lifelong friendships there and he will be missed by many. We are blessed to live in Pittsburgh with its wonderful medical community and their commitment to Joel’s treatment allowed him to make it this far. Thank you to all the wonderful physicians and staff that cared for him.
Family and friends are welcome from 3-7 Friday, September 9, 2022 at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am at Hope Lutheran Church Cranberry, 8070 Rowan Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066, Rev. Ronald A. Brown officiating on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, #300 Pittsburgh, PA 15212, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Memory of Joel Lennen or Mars Public Library, 107 Grand Ave., Mars, PA 16046Send Flowers Shop Gifts Print Obituary Share Obituary