On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Leo Christmas passed onto eternal rest. He was the most loving, loyal, and supportive husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
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He was born on July 14, 1944, in Bar Harbor, Maine, spending his childhood years in Enfield. He was proud to be a Seabee in the U.S. Navy as a veteran during the Vietnam conflict. He raised a beautiful family of four in Marlborough for 40 years, in a home he built and filled with love and joy with his soul mate, Joan. He worked hard to support his family, successfully building Electrical Contractors Inc. in Hartford. He retired from ECI after 35 years in 2005. He was very active for many years as a member of the Hartford Sunrise Rotary, Marlborough Building Committee, Zoning Board and Board of Education. One of Leo's most memorable moments was being on the Board of Education and being able to present his son, Nick, with his high school diploma. His true love came alive in his passion for painting and he leaves behind an extended painting family who will never be forgotten. Leo and Joan were avid travelers, most recently hitting the open road in the family motor home traveling from Florida to Alaska and back to Connecticut. Their 3½-month, 10,000-mile trip was one of their most memorable vacations.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Nick, Steven, Wendy, and Shawn Dietz, Kelly and Ryan Wolfe. Leo and Joan were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Zachary, Nicole, Lucas, Aidan, Jacob, Kady, Thomas, Avery, and his namesake, baby Leo. Leo loved and cared for his mother-in-law, Gabrielle Messenger; he also leaves his beloved brother, Donald Christmas, and his wife, Theresa; his sister, Doreen, and her husband, Bob Grenus; and his little sister, Phyllis Barstis, and her husband, Bob. Leo leaves many nieces and nephews behind, especially Clint and Ray MacKeen, who spent many summers in training under Leo's tutelage, helping building our home. Leo will always be remembered for his generosity and huge heart.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Dunstan Roman Catholic Church, 1345 Manchester Road, Glastonbury, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 24. Burial with military honors will follow in Marlboro Cemetery.
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Mulryan Funeral Home
725 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Published in Journal Inquirer from July 21 to July 25, 2014