Cumberland’s music community mourns passing of Nectar Lennox

Cumberland’s music community mourns passing of Nectar Lennox

Former students, friends and family are mourning the loss of treasured local music director and Clef Singers founder Nectar Lennox, of Cumberland, who died at the Miriam Hospital on July 30 after a brief illness.

The wife of Frank Lennox, her husband of 65 years, she was 90.

She was born in Pawtucket, grew up in that city, and then lived in Cumberland for the rest of her life, developing numerous impactful and lasting relationships along the way.

Lennox loved the violin at an early age. After graduating from East High School, she went on to play music and earn her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music.

She was music director for the Cumberland High School and the Cumberland Community Chorus for more than 40 years. She was most proud of the Cumberland Clef Singers, which she founded in 1965 and had been requested to perform all over the world.

A former National Teacher of the Year recipient, she held several offices at the Rhode Island Music Educators Association. She also taught at the University of Rhode Island music department and served as adjudicator for New England colleges and secondary schools all over the region.

“She was a proud and passionate educator who was dedicated to her students,” states the obituary.

Lennox “was proud of her Armenian heritage and those who know her will always remember her energy, her joy for life, her outgoing personality and the love she had for her family, friends and students,” it adds.

A celebration of life was held Sunday, August 4, and she was buried at the Diamond Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Cumberland High School Choral Department.

Please make checks payable to CHS and mail to: Cumberland High School Choral Department 2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864.