John F. 'Jack' Leonard
Formerly of Billerica, MA, WWll Vet; 89
FREMONT, NH -- John F. "Jack" Leonard, 89, of Fremont, NH, died Monday, June 30, 2014 surrounded by his six daughters.
Jack was born in Boston, MA on September 25, 1924, son of the late John W. and Margaret (Buckley) Leonard.
He spent his early years in Charlestown, MA. He had resided most recently at Poplin Way Assisted Living in Fremont, NH. During the previous 12 years, Jack lived in Windham, NH. The majority of his life Jack lived in Billerica & Arlington, MA. Jack proudly served his country during WWII with the US Navy, continuing with the Naval Reserves from 1949-1982. He retired in the rank of Chief Petty Officer from the Navy aboard the USS Constitution with 37 years of service to his country. Jack was employed by General Electric in Lynn, MA for 35 years. He also worked for the US Post Office at the South Boston Postal Annex for 20 years.
Jack was a proud member of the VFW and the American Legion Post #0109. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge #2071 in Billerica. In recent years, Jack was honored to become a member of the Aviation Museum of NH. His proudest affiliation was with his air squadrons from the war. He looked forward to travelling the country to attend the twice yearly reunions with his squadron mates. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his many daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his six daughters, Lynda Leonard Olson and her husband, Edwin of Lowell, MA, Kathleen Leavitt and her husband, Philip of Windham, Bettyjane Walsh and her husband, Edward of Amherst, NH, Judy Casey (wife of the late Edward J. Casey, Jr.) of Lowell, Jacqueline Johansen of Bedford, NH, and Brenda Caron and her husband, David of Brentwood, NH; 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Simeone of Woburn, MA, and Barbara Sprague of Jupiter, FL; three brothers, Richard Leonard of Orchard Park, NY, Robert Leonard and William Leonard both of Burlington, MA. Jack leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Genevieve (Jane) L. (Dockham) Leonard in 2002, and his infant son, John Scott Leonard in 1950, and by his four sisters, Louise, Marilyn, Patsy and Eleanor.
LEONARD -- Following cremation, calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 5 - 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, NH. Memorial services will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with honors will follow at Cemetery on the Plain in Windham. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com
Peabody Funeral Home
290 Mammoth Road Londonderry, NH 03053
Published in Lowell Sun on July 3, 2014