James E. Leonard, 74, of Amherst, peacefully went home to our Lord on Saturday, July 20, 2013 following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving wife, Tina and family. Jim was born on December 8, 1938 and grew up in South Lorain.
He graduated from Lorain High School Class of 1957A. Upon graduation, he attended DeVry Technical Institute and the Electronic Engineering Technology Institute. Jim went to work for Lorain City Radio and then opened Leonard’s TV which he owned for 25 years. Additionally, he owned Lorain Custom Photo Lab and Jim Leonard Photography. More recently Jim worked for an electronics firm in Parma.
Prior to its closing, Jim was an active member with Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in South Lorain. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, being named parish “Man of the Year” in 1977 and 1992. He was also an usher, parish council member, and choir member. Most recently Jim was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in South Amherst.
Jim enjoyed family time and camping. As a young boy, he was a member of the Boy Scouts. His many hobbies included photography, amateur “Ham” radio, building and operating radios, remote control airplanes and boats. He also enjoyed casino trips, woodworking, feeding all the birds, and was a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan.
Jim was a volunteer examiner for the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) and belonged to N.O.A.R.S. (Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society). He especially enjoyed meeting for coffee with some of the members on Tuesday mornings. For the past six years, Jim thoroughly enjoyed delivering meals to his new found friends, for the Amherst Office on Aging, ever grateful for those who prepared the meals.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Justine T. “Tina” (nee Paul); and their children, James Leonard of North Ridgeville, Christine (Mike) Bopp of Amherst, Donald (Anne Spenny) Leonard of Toledo, and David (Denise) Leonard of Lorain. He is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he adored, Samantha and Kyle Bopp, Ellie and CJ Leonard, and Ella Leonard.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James Leonard in 1950, and Mary Leonard Brodke (nee Spanich) in 1987; grandmothers, Mildred Grgic (nee Spanich) in 1973, and Verna Missy (nee Wolfe) in 1978.
His family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M., in Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st St., South Lorain. Closing prayers will be Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10 A.M. in the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M., at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 333 South Lake St., South Amherst. The Rev. Father Lawrence N. Martello, Administrator and Rev. Father John C. Retar, Pastor of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, Lorain will concelebrate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.