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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4331
John Leonard

John F. Leonard

Friday, January 30th, 1953 - Friday, July 26th, 2019
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John F. Leonard
Age 66, formerly of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, passed away July 26, 2019.

John was born on January 30, 1953, the son of John F. Leonard Sr. and Velma E. (Joslyn) Leonard. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1972 and enlisted in the Marine Corps. John worked at Lakes Gas in Montour Falls and was a volunteer fireman for the Montour Falls Fire Department. John was also a member of the Millport Rod & Gun Club. John enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and loved watching sports on TV. He was a huge fan of the NY Yankees, NY Rangers and Buffalo Bills. John loved to watch professional wrestling.
He is survived by a daughter and her husband, Tanya and Kevin Flynn of Endicott; bother ad sisters, Frank (Sharon) Leonard of Iowa, Crystal (Jay) Banks of Montour Falls, and Melissa (James) Blanchard of Ohio; and five grandchildren, Parker and Payton Hilfiger, and Abigail, Emily, and John-Thomas Flynn.

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, August 5th from 4pm-6pm, followed by a memorial service at 6:00pm; and interment at Glenwood Cemetery. There will be a celebratory dinner in John’s honor, held at the Millport Rod & Gun Club, Gano Road, Montour Falls, following the burial.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Dept., PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Service

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 6:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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    Rev. Mike Kelly
  • Interment

    Glenwood Cemetery
    100 Cemetery Road
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Reception

    Millport Rod & Gun Club
    1750 Gano Road
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    There will be a celebratory dinner in John’s honor, held at the Millport Rod & Gun Club, Gano Road, Montour Falls, following the burial.


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Posted at 09:46am
You were all part of my growing up and still all in my heart. John was such a good soul. He will be missed. I'm so sorry for your loss! My love to you all. Donna Cleveland

Kathy Pike

Posted at 10:47pm
Dear Crystal, Frank and Melissa,
I was talking with Kevin this evening and he told me of John's passing. I am so sorry for your pain. Time has sped by so quickly ): I've been having flashes of our childhood and "the old neighborhood" - Leonards, Joslyns, Pikes, Frabonis, many families, the kids all playing throughout the neighborhood. I hope we can somehow reconnect. Sending you love and many hugs. Take comfort in knowing your Mom and Dad and Uncle Frank and Aunt Ruby were there to meet John when he arrived and he's smiling and loving all of you.
Katie Pike

Jimmy and Kate Simone, and Scott Leonard

Posted at 05:22pm
With loving memories of Uncle John.
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Bob Guzman

Posted at 04:12pm
To the Family and Friends of John Leonard, USMC:
The members of the E. J. Brewer Detachment, Marine Corps League, offer our sincere condolences for your loss.
He served our Nation with honor, may he now rest in peace.
Semper Fi.
Bob Guzman, Chaplain


Posted at 01:26pm
dear frank cristal an melisa as well as daughter tanya an husband kevin an sharon leonardof iowa as well as grand children.i express my deepest condolences an sorrow over the sudden an unexpected death of life long friend an good an former neighbor for approximately almost a yr john an i got reaquated an did many things together such as eating out as watching sports events on cable. unfortunately the more i saw john i new it was a matter of time before his passing i despertly at the advice of his daughter an husband tried without success to desperately get him out of bed. i know that john an his mother were very close as well as his uncle frank an i think that john lost his will to live live after thier passing. to all your family i think john is at last with both his mother father an uncle frank again an very happy.iwant to close by saying frank i have not seen you since i was twenty years old an look forward to talking. iwill be sending flowers in the family's name sincerely david.

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