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Leonard Yates Sharon, born December 3, 1925, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2012 at his home at Covenant Village in Cromwell, CT. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Knapp Sharon, and his three daughters, Brenda Santone of Naugatuck, CT, Susan Jeanette of New Haven, CT and Catherine Hoder and her husband, Stephen, of Southington, CT. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Erin, Christopher, Daniel, Alexander, Sarah and James, one great grandchild, Maddox, and many nieces and nephews. Leonard Sharon was born in Waukegan, Illinois but lived most of his life in Old Greenwich and Stamford, Connecticut. He was predeceased by his mother and father Ethel Yates Sharon and William Franklin Sharon and his three brothers William Sharon, Richard Sharon and his twin brother Lawrence Sharon. A veteran of World War II, he served as a Private First Class in the Field Army as a Gun Crewman in Heavy Artillery and also as a bugler. He was a lifelong trumpet player and, as a volunteer Firefighter in Old Greenwich, he was asked to play "Taps" for Memorial Day and Veteran Day observances and other occasions. During his youth, he was a Boy Scout Leader and attained the rank of Eagle Scout, along with his three brothers. His family was the first family in the United States to have four Eagle Scouts in one family. He also held the position of youth leader at The First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich. Leonard worked at Electrolux in Old Greenwich, CT and then as a Supervisor in Production Control at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT. He was known to have enjoyed his work and his co-workers very much. He retired from work in 1990 after 32 years with Pitney Bowes. Following retirement, Leonard spent much time pursuing the many activities he loved. He continued perfecting his "lip" with his trumpet playing, but he also delighted listeners by playing the piano with an extensive repertoire in his head and at his fingertips. He was an avid collector of music of the Big Band era, especially trumpet players. He found many opportunities to fish, garden, collect coins, bowl, root for the Boston Red Sox, and especially, to learn and tell a good joke. He joyfully and generously shared great times with his family, friends and all. His greatest thought and caring was for his wife of 64 years, Barbara; as a couple, Leonard and Barbara provided daily examples of true and gentle love to each other and to those around them. Burial will be private but a memorial service will take place at Covenant Village on Sunday, November 11th at 1:30 PM. Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, New Britain is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions: CVOC Benevolent Care Fund 52 Missionary Road, Cromwell, CT 06416
Published in StamfordAdvocate on October 28, 2012