Frank G. Leonard, 94, a longtime resident of Charlestown, NH, passed peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, after a short period of caregiving by many family and friends.
Frank was born in Candia, NH, on January 20, 1924, the son of the late Ella M. (Brown) Leonard and Warren M. Leonard. Frank attended schools in Candia and Manchester before enlisting in the US Army Air Corps, serving from 1941 – 1945 earning the rank of Corporal. He was a charter member of the American Legion in Candia, NH before transferring his membership to American Post Legion #29 in Claremont, continuing his membership for 71 years.
On March 17, 1945, Frank married Gloria LaCouture in Raymond. The happy couple lived in Candia and Plymouth Union, VT, before settling in Charlestown in 1958. They had two daughters, Barbara and Francine, and later in his life, Frank adopted two cats, Poe and Frost, all of whom he loved.
Frank worked in construction for most of his adult life, putting in 50 years with F.W. Whitcomb in Walpole. He enjoyed working in the garden, tending to his blueberry bushes and watching Lawrence Welk.
Frank is survived by his daughters, Barbara Torelli and her partner, Skip Smith, and Francine Templeton, both of Charlestown; grandson, Christopher Torelli and his wife, Lisa of Ledyard, CT; granddaughters, Catherine Torelli of Tucson, AZ and Mellony Nielsen and her husband, Rich of Leland, NC; great grandsons, Tyler Torelli of Potsdam, NY and Eric Royea of CT; longtime friend and caregiver, Sue Sherwin of Proctor, VT.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Pearl; son-in-law, Alvin Torelli and his wife of 60 years, Gloria.
Frank and his family are appreciative of the care giving and friendship of many, including Brenda, Cindy, Jill, Judy, Elaine P. Elaine G. and Roxanne.
A funeral service was held on Saturday. Burial will take place in Holbrook Cemetery in Candia, NH, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to River Valley Animal Protection League, P.O. Box 860, Charlestown, NH 03603.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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