Lyme - Jack (Alphonse) Leonardo of Lyme, died at home on Feb. 13, 2016, after a long battle with blastic mantle cell lymphoma.
He was born on June 22, 1946, in New Haven.
He leaves his loving wife of 47 years, Melodee. In addition, he is survived by his daughter, Jascin (Eric) Leonardo Finger of Nantucket and his son, Jarrod (Stacey) of Lyme. He leaves three beloved grandchildren, Elise Grace and Holden Matthew Leonardo and Nolan Absalom Leonardo Finger.
He was predeceased by his parents, Alphonse P. and Mary Leonardo.
Jack was the Presidential Scholar of his graduating class of 1968 at Quinnipiac College. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. A talented and highly respected C.P.A., Jack had a practice in New Haven, later moving it to Branford and finally Lyme, Leonardo & Associates P.C. He was a longtime treasurer of the Lyme Congregational Church and the Lyme Public Hall, giving generously of his time and talents.
Jack and his family would like to thank doctors Dennis Cooper and Stuart Seropian of Smilow Cancer Hospital in addition to Julie Baker, APRN and the wonderful team of infusion nurses and other personnel of the Hematology Department on the seventh floor of Smilow for their kindness, expertise, and exceptional care.
Per Jack's request, there will be no services.
Contributions may be made on behalf of Jack to the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, PO Box 1002, Lyme, CT 06371 or Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun
and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every
one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God. - Walt Whitman
Published in The Day on Feb. 17, 2016.