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Richard Leoni

August 19, 1930 — March 1, 2024

Richard Leoni, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and respected member of the construction industry, passed away peacefully at his home in Holden, MA on March 1st, 2024. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Richard’s journey began on August 19, 1930.

Throughout his life, Richard accomplished many remarkable feats. He proudly served in the Korean War as a Navy veteran from August 11, 1950, until June 14, 1954. During his service, he worked as the  aerial photographer for the Hornet  fighter squadron and bravely flew missions in F4U Corsair fighter planes.  Following his military tenure, Richard owned Harley Photo Center in downtown Philadelphia until he moved to Massachusetts in 1972.  He then pursued a successful career as a licensed construction supervisor.  His entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly as he established his own construction business, “Leoni Construction Services”,  leaving a lasting impact on the industry he loved.  Richard also  enjoyed showcasing his many skills around his home by renovating and tinkering with various projects.

After “retirement” in 1992, Richard worked  for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at Blackstone Valley Vocational HS and Quinsigamond Community College for 21 years as the Lab Tech in the Automotive Technology Program teaching future mechanics.  In addition to his professional endeavors, Richard was known for his passion for motorcycles. His cherished Harley was not just a possession but a symbol of his adventurous spirit and love for the open road.  Richard also enjoyed the special relationship and activities he had with Lucas. 

Richard’s memory will forever be treasured by his surviving family members: his devoted wife of over 40 years, Nancy M. (Cerulli) Leoni; his 4 children Richard, Clifford, Judith, and Christopher; as well as all of his grandchildren, nephews and his close friends. He is preceded in death by his father Leonard Leoni and mother Helen C. (Ahrens) Leoni.

A man of honor and integrity, Richard Leoni will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of hard work, dedication to family, and zest for life will continue to inspire generations to come. May he rest in peace knowing that he was cherished beyond measure.

Per Richard’s request, a private memorial and celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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