Proud veteran and plumber whose sweet corn was legendary


NORTH READING — Lyman Everett Fancy II, a North Reading legend, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the age of 94.

He was born and raised in North Reading and was the son of the late Lyman Sr. and Bernice Fancy. He was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1947. He was a resident of North Reading for 92 years.

Lyman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War, and was a retiree of Local 283 where he had a long successful career in plumbing and pipe fitting. He served as a former Assistant Plumbing Inspector for the Town of North Reading.

On October 4, 1953, he married the love of his life, Barbara. They shared many memories living in a home he built for her and his family.

In his retirement, Lyman became an avid farmer best known for the sweet corn he sold at Turner Farm.

Lyman was predeceased by his wife Barbara Hamilton Fancy, his daughter Lauren and her husband John Wissler, his son James Fancy, and his grandchildren, Matthew and Jessica Parrish.

He is survived by many friends and family including his children, daughter Sharon (David) Parrish, son Lyman “Butch” (Maria) Fancy, III; daughter-in-law Cheryl Fancy; grandchildren Jared Parrish, Phuong Bui, Amanda (Evan) Fancy, Sarah (RJ) LoPresti, Tiffany (Ray) Henderson, and Kristina (Anthony) Agganis, and great-grandchildren Jimmy Bui, Alex (Bailey) Bui, Sienna and Sylas Craig, Elias, Anthony and Daniella Agganis, and Roxanne Henderson.

In his final years he enjoyed living up in the White Mountains in New Hampshire with his son and daughter-in-law. He attended Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center, and he would always praise the great people who worked there and loved being a part of their family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Betty C. Ketchum Foundation, which was founded by and operates the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center. Its purpose is to support those with memory loss as well as their caregivers.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. To leave an online message of condolence please visit