Lee Thomas Schermerhorn of Tyngsborough, MA


Lee T. Schermerhorn, 67, of Tyngsborough, MA passed away Saturday April 22, 2017 after a long struggle with an autoimmune disease.

He was married to Barbara W. (Waite) Schermerhorn of Tyngsborough for 43 years. They would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on June 2.

Born in Corinth, New York on March 5, 1950, he was a son of Elaine (Goodnoe) Ryder of Corinth, NY, the late Alan Schermerhorn and stepson of Charles Ryder.  Lee was raised in Corinth, NY and graduated from Corinth High School Class of 1968. He earned his BS in Nuclear Engineering and his Master’s in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Lee worked as a Computer Design Software Engineer with Hewlett Packard of Fort Collins, CO until October 2016. He had a distinguished career in the computer science industry with several publications, awards and recognitions. Lee worked on Unix, Tru64 and Linux operating systems.  He traveled worldwide for POSIX and IEEE, participating in working groups to maintain compatibility between operating systems.

He loved his family and spending time with them, including traveling to NY to be with his mother and siblings. In his spare time he enjoyed reading, hiking and loved the company of his cats.  He was a self-taught musician with a lifelong passion for music. He enjoyed playing guitar in the Praise Team band of the Evangelical Congregational Church, Dunstable, MA and the Old Enuff to Know Better band of Dunstable, MA, and mentored students learning to play the guitar.

In addition to his wife, mother and stepfather, Lee is survived by three daughters, Julie Vittengl and her husband, Jason of So. Glens Falls, NY, Melissa Wiley and her husband Chance of Alexandria, VA, Dr. Kelly Schermerhorn and her fiancé, Brandon Zatopek of Billerica, MA; two brothers and their wives, Lane and Brenda Schermerhorn of Corinth, NY, and Dean Schermerhorn and Cyndi Muratore of Thurman, NY; two sisters, Dana Cross and Amy Schermerhorn of Ausable Forks, NY; two granddaughters, Sarah and Sophie Vittengl, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his stepbrother and wife Roger and Wendy Ryder of Camp Hill, PA, and stepsister and her husband Marcia and Joe O'Donnell of Wassaic, NY.

Private family arrangements have been made. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lee's name to Autoimmunity Research Foundation: autoimmunity.org.

Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com


  1. Chuck Palmer says:

    I worked for Lee during the challenging times of Masscomp/Concurrent. He always found the good and the positive in each challenge and situation. He always had a vision as to how to get to the next solution and his good nature was a big help for the teams. I am better for having worked with him, and will always remember him as a great co-worker.

  2. Martine Silbermann says:

    Like many of the people who had the privilege to work with Lee I considered him a mentor and a friend. He loved his work and never lost his passion for tackling hard problems and coming up with creative solutions. He also loved good wine and good food (most memorable was a breakfast of Mother’s famous “Biscuits and debris” he took me to while we were at a conference in New Orleans; I’m still salivating just thinking of it, the man knew where to find good food!). Most of all though he loved his family and you could always see the pride in his eyes when he talked about his girls. I’ll miss you Lee.

  3. Liang Yan says:

    I really do not know what to say here, we just texted each other three weeks ago, and Lee even asked my email to contact easier. Lee was a great man, mentor, friend. We have a weekly call meeting back to HPE days for a year, he taught me a lot, work, life, everything. Still fresh about the first meet with him last year, enjoyed the beer with him and Andrew. Lee, my friend, I will miss you forever.

  4. Juerg Haefliger says:

    My heart goes out to Lee’s family. I can’t imagine how great of a loss this must be. I had the privilege to get to know Lee and work with him for the past 7 years. Even though we were located some 4000 miles apart, I consider him a friend. He was a kind man and great mentor and always willing to help others and share his great knowledge. I still have fond memories of the time when we had a team get-together in Andover and he invited us all into his home. Lee, I miss you.

  5. June M. Bartlett says:

    Dear Dean, Lane & Brenda, Dana, Amy and extended family…..Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Lee. We have very fond memories of him and to know that he has a very strong bond with our Lord is to know that he has gone on to be with Him and will suffer no more here on earth. Our prayer for all of you is that the Lord will give you the strength to get through this difficult time. Love, June Bartlett and Rick Buttles

  6. Del says:

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your loved one. Comfort and a sure hope can come from God’s Word, the Bible –2 Corinthians 1:3, 4. Jesus promises that one day he is going to bring back to life all those who have died –John 5:28, 29. Death is not only an “enemy” to us, but also an enemy to God–1 Corinthians 15:26. He tells us that one day he is going to remove forever all pain, suffering, and death that mankind has experienced for thousands of years –Revelation 21:3-5.

  7. The entire Tubbs family says:

    April and family, know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express how heartbroken we are for you and your family. Much love to everyone.

  8. Andrew James says:

    Lee was a wise, kind and accomplished man. A great friend and mentor. He was there for me during some hard times. I’ll always be grateful for everything he taught me and the time we got to spend together. I miss him a lot.

    My heart goes out to you, Schermerhorn family.

  9. Jack McCann says:

    I had the privilege of working with Lee, and am saddened to learn of his passing. My condolences to Lee’s family and friends.

  10. Tony DAnnunzio says:

    Antoinette and I express our sincere condolences to Lee’s family. Lee was a brilliant computer scientist and a great colleague. May he Rest in Peace.

  11. Kathy Spotswood says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Schermerhorn family – in New York and Massachusetts. We didn’t know Lee well but his Corinth family is very near and dear to us. I recently lost my brother so am familiar with the feelings of loss and despair but in the midst of that, faith and the love of God sustains and lessens the pain. We are very sorry for your loss.

    The Spotswood family

  12. Sarah & Ryan Kennedy says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Schermerhorn family. We were fortunate enough to have met Mr. Schermerhorn at Melissa and Chance’s wedding a few years back. What a wonderful man that has left a lasting legacy. Thoughts and prayers to all affected by his loss and may he Rest In Peace.

  13. Phil Day says:

    Very sad to hear this news and my thoughts go out to Lee’s family. Lee and I worked together at HP and we had many good times – not that i always understood everything he was telling me when he was excited about a deep technical problem. Rest in peace my friend.


  14. Jem & Anne Treadwell says:

    Very sad to hear this news! I’ll be forever grateful to Lee for making it possible for me to move to the US with my family almost 30 years ago, and to Barb and the girls for making us welcome when we arrived. Lee was absolutely one of the best, funniest and smartest people I ever met, and I know he’ll be missed tremendously by all those around him. RIP!

  15. Diane Glinks says:

    Lee taught me how to transion from classical to rock and roll, as a guisrist, taught me piano. One great mentor . This was our leader for OETB. I am so sad , Love Barbara.

  16. Lee McClellan says:

    Lee was a very great man. He was my mentor in the 70s and 80s. Very calm in tough situations. Extremely insightful and forward thinking. Much of what I am today came from working with him. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

  17. Fred Cassirer says:

    To Barb, the girls and the entire family, I am so very sorry for your loss. For me, Lee was and always will be that one person you look back and say they made a huge impact on your life. When Lee hired me back in ’83 I knew I liked computers but after working with him for those early years, he gave me understanding at a level I never would have gained on my own. From Boss, to Mentor to Friend in the first week we met, to standing with me at my wedding, I will always be thankful that our paths crossed. You will be missed.


  18. ray chibbaro says:

    To the entire Schermerhorn family, I want to extend my sincere condolences. I am saddened by Lee’s passing, but also very thankful for having known Lee. He set an example of integrity in everything he did, was a genius at both his work and his play, and was a life mentor to me from the moment I met him over 30 years ago. His loving memory will last with me until he and I meet again. He leaves a legacy behind to be proud of. Love always, Ray & Karen Chibbaro

  19. S Adrienne Hull says:

    My deepest sympathy to Lee’s family in Mass. & NY~some of my fondest memories are growing up with Lee’s family as well as all the others out in the countryside of Corinth. Rest in Peace dear one till we all see you again~

  20. Brian McCay says:

    Lee’s enjoyment of wine was only outmatched by his keen wit and intellect. Lee always had insightful, kind and quite humorous remarks on virtually any subject. He made our wine tastings a joy, plain and simple. Lee and Barb had us over for a BBQ one memorable Sunday. Although Lee and Barb forgave me for walking through their screen door, Lee never let the opportunity go by to remind me we are all human and that it is important to laugh at ourselves. Lee was a shining example of humanity. Thanks to Barb for sharing him with Gayle and I. We honor you both and thank you for giving us kind memories.

  21. Karen and Mo Phinney says:

    Lee was a patient and kind man. I played
    Keyboard in the Praise Team at Dunstable Congregational Church and in the Old Enugh
    To Know Better Band with him. I’ll always remember how helpful and kind he was and that wonderful guitar he played along with his infectious smile. RIP Lee. You will be greatly missed by many who’s lives you touched.
    So much love to Barb and all the family at this time of loss.

  22. Farrell Woods says:

    I had the privilege of working for Lee when he managed the OS group at Masscomp/Concurrent. Lee was a great manager and I enjoyed working for him there. I was glad to catch up with him on occasion when we were both working for HP. Great guy! I will miss him.

    My condolences to his family.

  23. Gaitan D'Antoni says:

    It was a privilege to know Lee and to work with him. I learned so much from him. My condolences to the Schermerhorn Family. Rest in peace my friend.


  24. Joanne Baker says:

    We will miss that wonderful smile and warm, kind heart.Our thoughts are with the Schermerhorn Family, may Lee rest in peace with God.

    The Baker Family

  25. Allison Hanley says:

    Will miss that dazzling smile and those big hugs at family get-togethers. Rest easy now and watch over us all. Until we meet again.

  26. Ted Andrus says:

    Lee, I shall miss you very much until we are again together playing music with our Lord. I will practice until then. Miss you my friend.

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