Jack Martin Leitao, 89, of East Hartford, loving husband for over 60 years to the late Lorraine Margaret (Troy) Leitao, died with dignity with his caring family by his side Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his home.
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He was born Dec. 1, 1924, to Antonio and Teresa (Peña) Leitao who were proud Portuguese immigrants. Jack had nine siblings and was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. For many years the Leitao family lived in Hartford in a strong ethnic community. Stories of dances at the Portuguese Club and days around Hartford High and Broad Street were often shared at family gatherings.
Jack served during World War II in the Army. After his honorable discharge and return to Connecticut he met and married Lorraine in 1946.
Moving to East Hartford in 1957, together they raised four sons who all remain close and close by, Ronald and his wife, Louise, of Manchester, Richard and his wife, Joanne, of Granby, Thomas and his wife, Maureen, of New Britain, and David of East Hartford.
Jack was an extremely strong, hardworking, and proud man. He was a master mechanic who could fix anything and a lifelong New York Yankees fan.
He is appreciated and loved by his grandchildren, Andrew, Amber, Matthew and his wife, Kelly, James and his wife, Samantha, Gregory, and Julia. The joy he got from his three great-granddaughters was immeasurable, Annabelle and Emily of Canton and Penny of Manchester. Besides his parents and his wife Lorraine (who died at home on Feb. 14, 2007), he was predeceased by his siblings, Albert, Susie, Julia, Sammy, Beatrice, Alfred, Joseph, and Johnny; and several sisters and brothers in law. He also leaves behind to mourn his brother, Pinto; sisters-in-law Grace, Carol, Annette, and Joan; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren; and many friends from many generations.
He will be remembered for his honesty, strong work ethic and in his younger days his occasional hot temper. He cared for Lorraine in her illness in the most loving and gentle way. His mark on all of his family is indelible and will continue for generations.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford. Burial will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford.
Relatives and Friends may call at the funeral home chapel Friday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m.
In honor of Jack's life and his gift to others, memorial donations are requested to be made to Masonic care/Partners Hospice Palliative Care of CT, 111 Founders Plaza, East Hartford, CT 06108.
For online expressions of sympathy to the family please visit
D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel
30 Carter Street
East Hartford, CT 06118-3606
Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 20 to Aug. 24, 2014