Alan Openshaw, Jr. (known to most of his friends as Lanny) passed away peacefully at home January 20, 2017 at the age of 70. Born in New York City, Lanny grew up in Rowayton, CT, where he was well-known and loved by many. Rowayton always held a dear place in his heart and had a tremendous influence on him as a great example of community, environment, and volunteerism.
Lanny graduated from California Western University (United States International University), Point Loma, San Diego, CA in 1969 with a BA in Philosophy. He played on the tennis team and enjoyed a semester traveling with professors and students through seven countries in Asia.
In his late twenties, Lanny was a state Platform Tennis champion ranked within the top 10 in the U.S. For several years, Lanny was a tennis pro at Dorset Field Club in Vermont and Darien Country Club in Darien, CT. He then became a real estate agent in Darien and a broker in Union County, NC when the family moved to Marvin in 2001.
Very involved civically, Lanny was one of five founders of the boys’ high school lacrosse program for Union County. He was on the Village of Marvin planning board and town council for many years. Lanny was also a commissioner for Union County and served one year as Chairman. Lanny was instrumental in the creation of Marvin’s Efird Park, where he demonstrated his love by spending many years volunteering and overseeing park development and improvements.
Lanny’s vision, passion, dedication and hard work brought people together. He believed in community work and volunteerism, the rights of local citizens to have a voice, and environmental concerns. His legacy will live on through the people and projects he had such a profound impact on for generations to come.
Lanny is survived by his devoted family; his wife of 31 years, Mary L. Openshaw, his sister Nancy “Kai” Openshaw of Nashville, TN and his children Heather D. Openshaw of Nashville, TN, Kenneth W. Crowley of Denver, CO, Laura M. Moon of Corte Madera, CA, Amos H. Crowley III and daughter-in-law Samantha of Hunting Valley, OH, as well as five grandchildren. The family is grateful for all the dear friends from throughout his life who showed up to support Lanny, and to express their love for him during his illness and always.
There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marvin Efird Park.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.