L. Michael LeonardEast Berne- Lyndon "Mike" Leonard, 70, passed away suddenly August 18, 2018. He was born in Springfield, MA on January 26, 1948. He graduated Monadnock High School in Swanzey, NH in 1966. Mike served in the USAF as a Blue Beret for 4 years during Vietnam. He graduated from Keene State College in 1974 earning his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Arts. He then went on to earn his Masters in Education at Albany State. Mike was employed at Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD from 1974 until his retirement in 2004. Mike was a NYS Archery Chairperson for the NYS Empire Games. He earned numerous medals from state archery events himself including two Bronze medals from the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY. Mike taught archery here at home at Helderberg Workshops – Rakowana Archery. He was the Regional Director for Duck's Unlimited- Eastern Region for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his beloved wife Paula; his daughters Lauren Leonard and her husband Randall Partridge Jr. of Greenville, NY and Alison Leonard and her fiancé Adam Karazuba of Dallas, TX; his mother Vivian Pickering of Keene, NH; his sister Devida DePalma of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was predeceased by his father Kenneth W. Leonard. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 4-8PM at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont, NY. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 11AM. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Rt. 85 New Scotland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike's memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.
He was one of my favorite teacher in high school. My heart is broken.
Allyson Butterbaugh-Nadler Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of L. Leonard
Allyson Butterbaugh-Nadler Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM
My Leonard was also my favorite BKW teacher. I was also the only girl in shop class in 1977 or 78. I LOVED that class. I also had him for art and a study hall where I always felt cared for and respected, which was not necessarily the norm for the time. I remember best the time he thought I was lying to him because I told him I shouldnt get in trouble for some April Fools prank I pulled on him because it was my birthday. When I saw him the next day he was furious! My brother was in his wifes class and when they compared notes the night before she had told him it was actually my brothers birthday, not mine It took a phone call to my parents to confirm that neither of us was lying as we really do share that birthday. He was a very sweet man who will be missed by many.
Heidi Ricks Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM
Very sad to hear of Mike's sudden passing. He was a neighbor and a friend. A true American craftsman that shared his trade and skill with so many. I am greatful that he enjoyed many years during hunting season quietly sitting on my property waiting for the right opportunity. Missing him already...
Gerry Lenseth Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM
Mr. Leonard was one of my very favorite teachers! I was the only girl in his shop class in 1983 and he "protected " me from all those "macho boys". He always helped me with MY masterpieces and made sure they were the best in the class, while he left the boys to nick their fingers and projects. He was tough on the boys but he was a sweetheart to me! I loved shop class and I loved Mr. Leonard! He and Mrs. Leonard attended my wedding reception in 1989. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Leonard and your family.
Debbie Stevens Mclaughlin Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM
Paula & Family, So sorry for your loss. Mike was such a kind man. I knew him from working with him at the Empire State Games. He will be missed. Judy Humeniuk
Judy Humeniuk Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM
Paula I'm so sorry to hear about Mike , you two were always on the top of my favorites list at B-K-W ! Keep the good times in your heart and he'll always be there with you . All my love to the whole family .
cheryl sherwin Aug 21 2018 12:00 AM
He was tough but nice, and he had a tremendous impact on my life. Thank you, Mr. Leonard!
Digger Busch Aug 21 2018 12:00 AM
My favorite memory of Mr Leonard was doing a perimeter sweep of the hallways of BKW after the bell rang. Never failed to round up a few strays. The kids loved him and he was a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.
Dawn Francis Aug 21 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Leonard. I have many memories of him like kicking us out of the faculty bathroom, having his class cut out the rails of my moms gazebo, making sure we knew the bell had rung and finally finishing my parents home. But the greatest memory is that of him (and me) needing smelling salts in the nurses office after I cut my thumb on the band saw in his shop class. He pushed me to step out of my comfort zone in that class and definitely left a mark. My thoughts are with his family and all of those who held him close.
Rona Lee Heaton Aug 21 2018 12:00 AM