PORTLAND — Stephen P. Lentz, 83, a longtime resident of the Deering Center, passed away on July 24, 2022 at the Barron Center in Portland. Steve, also known as Pop, Dad, Bumpy, Mr. Lentz, Roy, and when he’s not listening, Harry, was born on August 24, 1938 in Woburn, Mass. to Lewis M. and Mabel C. Lentz. Steve moved to Portland in 1944 and lived in Portland for the rest of his life.
He graduated from Deering High School, born in 1957, and served in the National Guard from 1956 to 1965. He married Nancy L. Whitten on July 2, 1960 at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland.
The only job Steve ever had was at Roy’s Shoe Shop at the Deering Center. Steve began working with the Roy family in 1956. Kindness and compassion were natural gifts that Steve carried with him, whether fitting shoes at home or in the store. In 1981 Steve and Nancy bought the business and moved their family into the house above the shop. Steve continued to work with his sons Dan and Mike until his retirement in 2010. He will forever be the Shoe String King of Stevens Avenue. Customers will remember him fitting their new shoes and resoling their old favorites. His wife Nancy will remember the wonderful 65 years together. His children and grandchildren will remember all the adventures together.
He enjoyed hiking, sailing, camping, sledding, and walking his dog. Steve had a gift for making any activity an adventure. He is the original “Happy Camper”. The same adventures he had with his wife and children he had with his grandchildren. Even a walk to Jet Video for an ice cream was an adventure with Bumpy. Along with the adventures, those who knew Steve will also remember his common phrases. “Are we already there?” “I want to hold your hand.” “You’re alright, you know?” “You’re the best pooch in this house.” “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” I’m just Joshin ya.” “Oh, I don’t know.” “Was that me?” Steve wasn’t only a father to the four children he gave birth to, he was also a father figure to children who needed a hike, a boat trip, a dip in the Riverton Pool, a good laugh, or just an ice cream cone. Steve inspired children to enjoy the great outdoors by inviting them to take part in family adventures. Not all parents hike Tuckerman’s in the winter just to slide down!
Although his family will miss his presence, the memories will always keep a smile on their faces. His positive attitude created a joyful, entertaining life that he shared with everyone he met. He would agree that he had THE life. THE life of ALL lives that have ever lived. “He was a good man. When you’ve had the best for so long, you just feel blessed.” -Nancy Lentz.
If asked, Steve would no doubt say that his family was his greatest achievement. The three words that best sum him up are kind, sincere, and funny.
“Life is not about surviving the storm; It’s about learning to dance in the rain: -Vivian Greene
He was a former member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, leader of the Cub Scouts and Webelo Den and the Westbrook Eagles.
He was deceased in 2018 by a daughter, Cathy M. Lentz Lavigne; siblings, David Lentz, Robert Lentz and Joan Lentz Cross; his beloved pets, Nippy, Sam, Jake and Annabelle.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lentz, who currently resides in Casco; children, Mike Lentz and his wife June of Westbrook, Dan Lentz and his wife Jen of Portland, Laurie Lentz Roy and her husband Chris of Hollis; Grandsons, Danielle Bates of Westbrook, Joseph Lavigne of Amarillo Texas, Lacy Pike of Limington, Darci Lentz of Steep Falls, Ryan Lentz of Westbrook, Nicole Lewis of Standish, Daley Harrington of Waterboro, Andrew Townsend of Jacksonville, Florida, Christopher Townsend of Spindale , NC, Elizabeth Lentz of Portland; great-grandchildren, Shea Bates, Thornton Pike, Alderic Lavigne, Asa Bates; siblings Philip and Gerald Lentz;
Steve is buried at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. In order to accommodate Steve’s wishes, no formal service will be held. A celebration of life is announced.
His family thanks the Barron Center staff for their compassionate care and the many friends and family who have offered their support.
Please visit http://www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Steve’s online guest book.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association,
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