Leonard was my husband, Ralph's, oldest friend -- from grammar school days. He was best man at our wedding in 1949, and Ralph at his, the next year. We kept in contact over the years, visiting periodically. We were so impressed with Leonard's irises and outdoor model train! Reminiscing about our mutual trips to the UK was always a subject we shared in conversations. He was a dear friend and who will be remembered fondly.
Leonard, when we saw you last July little did anyone know that so soon you would be gone. We had such a good time during that visit, and you did so good keeping the surprise party a secret. Cindy and I were looking so forward to seeing you next year when we are in San Francisco. Like my cousins and aunt, I have wonderful memories of our visits as children and then as adults, including when Josh and I stopped in to see you for a few days some years ago. We always had many laughs and good times. It was too bad that we were separated by so many miles. I know my mom thought the world of you, as did most people once they met you. You will be missed more than words can express. Rest in peace you kind and gentle soul.
12 days ago I lost my wonderful, very dear brother, Leonard. Since learning of his death, I am filled with sorrow... and many happy memories, which include our growing-up years, his time as a POW and our years as adults.
There were 4 of us...3 girls and Leonard. We teased him, and he teased us! He was known to us, in his younger years, as "Sonny". But in grade school he became known as Leonard.
Leonard and my husband, Jack, had a great respect for one another. They enjoyed one another's company, having great conversations when together on the west coast or east coast.
I am forever thankful for Leonard's visit to NH in 2012. His time with us included a day trip along the NH coast; meals at "The Backroom"...Leonard's new favorite restaurant; lunch and visit with Maureen Van Horn, the widow of Leonard's childhood friend, Ralph; attending a memorial service and burial of Barbara, our oldest sister, in Worcester, MA; and the highlight...a great surprise family gathering in Concord, planned and hosted by his nieces, Pam and Barbie.
What a celebration!! What memories!!
Rest in peace, Leonard. Love, Gen
Dear Leonard, you will be missed immensely! REMEMBERING...1961: the Merrill family's first trip to Lompoc; 1976: my solo trip to the west, which included times in Lompoc with you and Jane, a day in Solvang with "my 2 aunts", Betty and Jane, time in SF with Michael, and Jane's art shows on the beach...then surprising you in NH for Christmas, as I arrived home a day before you! 1998: accompanying Mom to Lompoc after Jane's death; 2006: meeting you and Lucy in Santa Barbara when Barbie, Mom and I took a trip to CA to see you and Nicole; 2011: Chick and I took a trip to CA, starting in Lompoc, Chick's first visit there. What a great tour guide you were....and such a love of your community was displayed! 1950-2112..many trips east, but remembering those since 1979, when you visited my homes and family. 2012: Your last trip east, little did we know...but such a memory, including the Todd family reunion and celebrating Mom and Dad's 66th anniversary! So many lasting memories.
Rest in peace, my gentle, kind, loving uncle. I bid you "much love", as you would say, Pam....and family, Chick, Mike and Sarah.
We will so miss you Uncle Leonard..atlhough the many miles separated us from one coast to the other,you always held a very special place in our hearts.Memories are flooding in from our trip to the "wild west" and playing with Michael, your trips to the east coast early on, family fun at Big Gens, and then later in life visiting you in Santa Barbara with Mom,Pam and Nicole, Cape Cod visits and most recently our family reunion last summer in NH that we all treasured.We always enjoyed meeting the special people in your life over the years.Thank you for those wonderful memories as we let you go. Peace and God Bless.always our love, Barbie and Dennis,Nicole,Lee,&Scott