Leonard Ellis Cavender

Leonard Ellis


Age 91, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 surrounded by his family.

He was a graduate of Fletcher Brown Vocational school, class of 1940. He retired from Wilmington Appliance Company after more than 30 years as a service manager/technician in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. He continued his career with his sons by operating the Wilmington Appliance Service Company for 17 years. He was a devoted husband and cherished spending time with his family and was known for his hearty laughter and joyful spirit. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. He was an avid duplicate bridge player of Life Master status. In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by his father, Ellis Joseph Cavender, his mother, Annetta Cavender, his brother, Oscar Cavender, and his sister, Eleanor Rice.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann Cavender; his children, Warren Cavender (Roxanne), Joann Deptula (Tom), Robert Cavender (Jane), and Terri Lotter (Audy Longacre). Also surviving are his grandchildren, Melissa Freilich (Adam), Michelle Degliobizzi (Joe), Lindsay Tice (Rob), Jennifer Trievel (Joel),Ian Deptula (Valerie), Joshua, Matthew, Daniel, Jacob and Christopher Cavender, William and Steven Lotter; great grandchildren, Madelynn and Lincoln Freilich, Owen, Drew and Alex Degliobizzi, Claire and Benjamin Tice, Katey and Lucas Trievel, Justin Deptula.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 4th at 11 AM at the chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where friends and family are invited to visitation after 10 AM. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Hospice of the Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.


(302) 652-5913

Funeral Home

Mealey Funeral Homes & Crematory
2509 Limestone Rd Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 652-5913

Published in The News Journal from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2013