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John H. Leonard Veteran
October 17, 2021


MONSON – John H. Leonard, 65, of Monson, was Called Safely Home on Sunday, October 17, 2021. He passed into Eternal Life at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. He was born in Ludlow on August 30, 1956, a beloved son of the late Gerald Leonard and Marion (Trombly) Leonard Dunphy. He was raised in East Springfield and moved to Monson in 2002. He graduated from Springfield Technical High School in 1975, received his Associate’s Degree from Springfield Technical Community College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College in Milton, MA. He served his country in the United States Air Force during Operation Desert Shield / Storm and attained the rank of Technical Sergeant. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with Two Devices, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with Three Devices, the Small Arms Expert Ribbon with One Device and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He served the City of Springfield for 33 years as a Police Officer, was a member of the Massachusetts Police Association, and retired in 2016. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoyed riding around on his Harley-Davidson. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and many friends. He leaves his beloved wife of 39 years and best friend, Martha L. (Pandoli) Leonard; his three loving daughters, Alyssa N. Leonard and her fiancé, Justin Gregoire, of Palmer, Ashley M. Leonard and her partner, Daniel Girouard, of Hadley and Aimee D. Leonard and her fiancé, Dylan Carvalho, of Palmer; his two cherished granddaughters, Sophia Leonard and Audrey Gregoire; his dear sister, Carol M. Barton of East Longmeadow; his dear brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and his many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his dear sister, Linda A. Wessig. A Prayer Service will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the at the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107, (funeral home will open at 8:30 a.m.), followed by a Committal Service with United States Air Force Military Honors at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. His family requests that masks be worn for his services. Memorial donations may be made in John’s memory to the Sister Caritas Cancer Center, c/o Mercy Medical Center, 271 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104. For more details and to leave his family condolence messages, please visit:

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St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels
7 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA 01107