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LECCESE, William E. Jr. Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather William E. Leccese, Jr., 74, of Tewksbury, passed away at home with his family by his side on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. He was the loving husband of Donna (Ventola) Leccese. Bill and his wife would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April of 2022. Bill was the son of the late William and Eleanor (Guliano) Leccese. He was born November 17, 1946 in Everett and grew up in Malden, graduating Malden High School with the class of 1964. In 1966 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970 having obtained the rank of Sergeant.  Bill returned to Malden, married and started a family. He and his family relocated to Tewksbury in 1980. He was an extremely dedicated father and truly loving grandfather. The time he spent with his children and grandchildren brought him great joy, especially the time spent at their summer home in Maine. Bill was an easy going guy who would drop everything at anytime to help his family and friends. His kindness, generosity, helpfulness, humor and constant whistling will be missed by all. He worked for National Grid Gas for nearly 50 years, he retired as a lead inspector. He is also survived by his three children, William Leccese, III and his wife Patti Ann of Peterborough, NH, Danielle Harris and her husband Chad of Chester, NH, and Nickolas Leccese and his wife Lauren of Billerica; his grandchildren Ava & Alexis Leccese and Mia Harris; his sister Anna Tilton of Malden, his sister-in-law Linda Jordan and her husband Robert of Malden. Son-in-law of the late Phyllis Suvalle of Malden. He is also survived by his nephews, and many loving family members and friends. Visiting Hours: While wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines, you are welcome to attend his visitation from 10AM until 12 Noon, funeral service to be held at 12 noon on Tuesday February 23 at the Tewksbury Funeral Home, 1 Dewey Street, Tewksbury, MA, 978-851-2061. If you do not feel comfortable attending, please leave the family a message at tewksburyfuneralhome.com.  His burial will take place privately in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to either the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org/donate) or to Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine (campsunshine.org/giving). Tewksbury Funeral Home 978-851-2061

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February 27, 2021
Dear Donna and family,My sincerest condolences
Billy was an awesome work partner and friend.We had so many laughs.He was always a gift.I will always treasure my memories with our many excursions over years.So sad that the illness kept taking a huge toll on Billy's life and body. He amazied me with his wit and humor thru it all.I visited Billy at the hospital in Maine and he smiled and joked that he did not have a leg to stand on.He never complained .Rest in peace my friend. Steve
Stephen Hartigan
February 23, 2021
Donna, My deepest sympathy to you, your children Billy, Danielle and Nicky and their families, and Linda and Bob, on the heartbreaking loss of Bill. His love for you, his family and precious grandchildren will live on in your memories. Rest In Peace Bill. My prayers for all of you.
Patty Johnson (Maguire)
February 21, 2021
Heaven gained another angel. I’m so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
With condolences,
Kelly Marcotte
February 21, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jeanne Thompson
February 21, 2021
Our family has gained another angel. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are for all of you. There will never be another like Bill. He is the best of the best and our family, as well as the world, will never be the same. As Nana always said "When God Made Bill, he broke the mould". We love you all and we are here for you. Love Bobby and Linda
Robert and Linda Jordan
February 20, 2021
To Bill my "brother", How will I ever learn to live in a world without you, a world without your smile, your kindness, your sense of humor and your strength? If I wrote on this page forever, I could never explain in words what you mean to me or thank you enough for all the times you were there for me. I hope you are dancing in heaven, free of pain. I will keep you in my heart forever until we are together again.

To my sister Donna and to Billy, Danielle and Nick and Patti, Chad and Lauren and Alexis, Mia and Ava, my heart is broken for all of you. I know how special he was to each of you and how much you are hurting. Please know that I will always be here for you. May your wonderful memories somehow help to get you through the difficult days ahead. I love him so much and I love each and every one of you. Love Linda (Auntie)
Linda Jordan
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