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Leonard, Daniel M.

Berkshire: When someone you love becomes a memory...the memory becomes a treasure. Our hearts were broken on the morning of January 22, 2012 with the sudden passing of our precious Daniel M. Leonard, 34, of East Berkshire Rd., Berkshire, NY. Dan is survived by his wife and best friend, Missty L. (Soper) Leonard; his son, Gunnison Leonard; his parents, William Leonard and Ruth Midgley; paternal grandparents, Max and Esther Leonard; brother, Michael William Leonard, Matthew L. (Penny) Leonard, Shari R. (Michael) Jackson, Julia S. Leonard; aunts and uncles, Carolyn (Dr. Homa) Firouztash, Betsy (Wayne) Searles, June Hale, Dr. Duane (Sue) Dunnewold; father-in-law, Vincent (Genny Leone) Soper; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Matthew (Desiree) Soper, Kyle Dunckley, Kelsie Dunckley; nieces and nephews, Donovan, Dakota, Max, Oliva, Kyle, Charlene and Cedric; several cousins and many friends also survive. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Christine Holcomb. Dan was born on June 12, 1977 in Ithaca, NY a son of Ruth Midgley and William Leonard. He was a graduate of Newark Valley High School Class of 1995, Tompkins Cortland Community College and attended Cornell University. Dan was a dedicated sixth generation dairy farmer. He enjoyed dirt and motorcycle racing, snowmobiling, and hunting with his brother in Colorado, although his greatest enjoyment was being surrounded by his family and many friends. Known for his smile and quick wit, Dan made many people laugh. He will be greatly missed and his memory lives forever in our hearts. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on Thursday, January 26th, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the MacPherson Funeral Home, 5 Whig St., Newark Valley. Memories and condolences for Dan's family may also be shared by visiting our website at Funeral services and a celebration of Dan's life will be held on Friday, January 27th, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Those that wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Daniel Leonard Family Fund, c/o Missty Leonard, 351 E. Berkshire Rd., Berkshire, NY 13736 in loving memory of Daniel M. Leonard.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Jan. 25, 2012
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