Joseph M. Leahy

Joseph M. Leahy

April 13, 1921 - June 30, 2012

Joseph M. Leahy

April 13, 1921 - June 30, 2012


Joseph Leahy, 91, of Laguna Woods passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 30th. He was born in Hartford, CT to Helen Carey Leahy and Daniel Leahy. His beloved wife, Eileen, passed away in 2001. He leaves a daughter, Marilyn Gagnon; son-in-law, Ron Gagnon; grandchildren Tim and Katie Gagnon; and two great-grandchildren, Ellie and Joey Gagnon. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Viewing from 11am 12pm on Thursday, July 5, immediately followed by Funeral Mass at 12pm; both at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, Lake Forest. Burial afterward at Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest.

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9 responses to Joseph M. Leahy

  1. For a man’s man who landed at Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and who spent his life fighting the Battle of His Own “Bulge”, I hope you don’t mind that I sent a generous donation to the Wounded Warrior. He was like my second father, has been filling in for me since Dad died, he was the one I called after special games I saw on TV -, who shared my passion for sports, who took me to my first Dodger game. A godfather who was always there for me, always positive toward me, a touchstone for me about being a man. He included me and my other siblings like his own, especially Bill and I, and that was wonderful for us. Loved his sense of humor, and will miss it. A classic guy, one of a kind, and how he loved his wife.

  2. Words can’t properly express the sorrow that we all feel with the loss of Joe. Although they were my cousins, Joe and Eileen were more uncle and aunt to me, having been adults when I was born. As a child I spent many great times with the two of them and Marilyn in their various homes in CT and was fortunate to have visited them occasionally in CA. They were a great couple. Since Eileen’s passing Joe graced our home in CT annually for a few years while he came back to visit with his boys from Parkville. Elaine and I enjoyed having him in our home and sharing some of his stories of simpler times. When Joe was no longer able to make the trip to CT, I was happy to talk with him about our beloved Red Sox and am happy that Joe got to see them win 2 World Series – something my dad never saw. I will miss his calls to me and visa versa when “them bums” would blow a lead or falter and of course when there was success. Joe, you were the greatest. We miss you.


  3. George Lyman says:

    Uncle Joe was a great guy and he will be sorely missed by all.


  4. A mass will be said on Tuesday, July 24 07:30, in the chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Hartford, CT for Joseph M. and Eileen Daley Leahy from the Lyman family. It was the first available. They use the chapel during the week and the main church on the weekend.
    Maryellen, GJ, Danny and Patti, Terry and Mary

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