Joseph Leonard

Joseph C. "Jerry" Leonard

Sunday, October 21st, 1934 - Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
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Joseph C. “Jerry” Leonard, 85, of Plattsburgh, NY, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at UVM-CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. He was born in Dannemora, NY on October 21, 1934 the son of Arthur and Mildred (Haley) Leonard.
Jerry served his country in the United States Navy until his honorable discharge in 1962. He was a skilled carpenter and built his own home in 1965 where he was still living. In his free time, he could be found working in his garden. He was an avid sports fan, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Giants and the women’s UCONN Basketball team. He was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He was very proud of some of the projects he worked on over the years, such as: major construction at PSUC, UVM-CVPH and most of the Lake Placid Olympic venues.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geraldine McCarthy Leonard his son, James Edward Leonard and his wife Rebecca Brush Leonard, his sisters Veronica Connory and Marylin Collins, his 4 grandchildren, Nicholas and Amanda Leonard, Brittany Leonard Marquis and Haley Leonard, 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Pamela Ann Leonard and son, John Joseph Leonard, and his brother, John Arthur Leonard.
There will be no public calling hours. Graveside services will be private for the family at Mount Carmel Cemetery with Military Honors.
Donations in his memory may be to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center in Wilmington, NY. or the VFW Post #125.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901. (518)561-3980. Online condolences may be made at
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    Mount Carmel Cemetery
    South Catherine St.
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Doris Sweeney

Posted at 12:49pm
I was sorry to hear about the death of Jerry. He was my father's first cousin. (My parents were Doris & Wally Haley.) I have memories of staying overnight at Aunt Mildred (0h, how she could sing!) & Uncle Art's during my college days, and had met Jerry & Marilyn then. I remember my parents taking us to the Leonard camp on Chazy Lake as well. I do a lot of genealogy research so I also have become friends with Ann Frantz on Facebook and Haley Leonard through Ancestry. I tried last fall to connect with Jerry on the phone, but the lady who answered didn't seem to know him. I wish that call had been successful, for we could have exchanged a lot of family information. I remember that Jerry smiled...a lot. If any of you are interested in the Haley genealogy, please email me at, or call 518-561-2538. I am the last living Haley in my two younger brothers call me the matriarch of the family, though I am ONLY 77. Jerry is now looking down on us along with my Dad and the rest of the Leonard & Haley families. Dorie Sweeney

Joan Flynn

Posted at 12:04pm
Our condolences to the Leonard Family. The Flynn Family.

Patrick Murnane, Sr.

Posted at 10:13am
On behalf of the Murnane Family, we offer our deepest sympathy to Mrs, Leonard and to your family. Jerry Leonard was a stalwart employee, a skillful craftsman, and a consummate gentleman. The projects he helped to build served to advance the quality of life for thousands of North Country residents, and will stand for many years to come in witness to his efforts. Rest in Peace, Jerry.
Patrick Murnane, Sr.

Tim Meschinelli

Posted at 08:01pm
My condolences to Jerry’s family. I have many fond memories of Jerry and miss the days of fun and great conversation. Rest In Peace

Shelly bedard

Posted at 05:46pm
I am so sorry about your loss. I will remember him fondly and wish my deepest condolences. Please let me know if there is anything we can do.

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