In Memory of
Michael George Leonard
March 5, 1948 - April 29, 2016
Michael George Leonard 68, of Ridgefield, NJ, passed
away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday,
April 29, 2016 following a valiant battle with leukemia.
Michael was born on March 5, 1948 to the late Michael
and Anna Leonard. He graduated from Cliffside Park High
School in 1966 and went on to enlist in the United
States Navy. He served as an Electronics Technician at
the Naval Communications Station in Honolulu, Hawaii.
After the Navy, Michael returned to work for the Port
Authority of NY & NJ and went on to become the
Electrical Supervisor at the George Washington Bridge,
where among other duties, he kept the necklace lights
lit, and had the honor of hanging the world's largest
free-flying American flag on patriotic holidays. He
retired at the age of 52 after more than 30 years of
Michael was known to his family and friends as someone
who could build or fix just about anything. His hobbies
included amateur radio, RC helicopters, and woodworking.
He kept a sailboat on the Hudson River for many years
and enjoyed spending time on the water with his children
as well as the camaraderie of his friends at the marina.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 221 in
Ridgefield, and for a time, was one of the regulars
around their bar. He was appreciated by loved ones and
friends for his vast knowledge and sound advice on a
variety of topics. Many will remember his one-of-a-kind
personality, unique sense of humor, and ability to turn
Michael is survived by his son Michael, daughter-in-law
Jennifer, and grandsons Justin and Jake of Wyckoff,
daughter Sara and son-in-law Kevin of Freehold, former
wife and close friend Joyce, of Ridgefield, and sister
Judith of Maywood, in addition to many other relatives
The deceased was memorialized by his family according to
his wishes. No formal services will be held. Those who
knew him well will not be surprised by his "Irish
The family welcomes you to contact them directly with
condolences and expressions of sympathy.
Published in The Record on May 2,