Leslie George “Bud” Hollenbeck passed away on September 16, 2021, at age 99. A Pearl Harbor survivor, Mr. Hollenbeck was a longtime Bedford resident. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18 and served in World War II as a Signalman aboard the Battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in the Pacific from 1940-46 (8 Battle Stars). The Pennsylvania was in dry dock during the attack on Pearl Harbor and fortunately suffered only minor damage. After he left the Navy, he took advantage of the GI Bill and earned his BS in Civil Engineering at Northeastern University; he spent most of his working career as an Aerospace Engineer at Textron (formerly AVCO) in Wilmington, MA. Mr. Hollenbeck was active in Bedford during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s: he served as Deacon at the First Church of Christ, Congregational; as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 116; and managed the purchase and distribution of all Little League Baseball Equipment. He was an avid tennis player until the age of 92.
A Memorial Service will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home, 281 Great Road, BEDFORD on Friday, Sept. 24th at 5:00 PM.