Paul T. Leonard

  • Died: September 12, 2019
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul Thomas Leonard, 82, of Bedford, died September 12, 2019 after a long illness. He was born and raised in Manchester, the son of the late James and Helen (Cote) Leonard.
Paul attended Bishop Bradley High School and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from St. Anselm's College. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps Reserves.
He spent many years in the defense industry, as a contract specialist and negotiator for Sanders/Lockheed Martin. In the 1970's, Paul and partner Don Williamson owned and operated the Souhegan Skating Center, helping to expose a generation of young people to the sport of hockey and figure skating. After retirement, Paul enjoyed spending time at the cabin in Sweden and talking to folks all over the world as KD1TH with his ham radio.
Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Claudette (Poisson) Leonard of Bedford; four children and five grandchildren: daughter Janet (Alex) Thomson of Woodbury, CT; son Jeff (Jenny) and grandchildren Ryan, Megan, Emma Leonard of Christchurch, England; son Jon (Kicki) and grandson Desmond Leonard of Norkopping, Sweden; daughter Joan (Hilton) Magee and granddaughter Jolie Gunter of Pine Grove, LA. He is also survived by a sibling, Sister Mary Elizabeth Leonard, CSC, of Manchester. He leaves behind many relatives and friends locally and internationally.
Per Paul's wishes, service and burial are private. Memorial donations in Paul's memory may be made to Hockey for Everyone Program, NH Legends of Hockey, PO Box 777, Manchester, NH 03105 ( or to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, 365 Island Pond Rd., Manchester, NH 03109 (
Paul's family would like to thank all the staff and residents at Genesis Bedford Hills (Webster Wing) for their loving care and camaraderie during his stay there.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Paul was a classmate of mine at Bishop Bradley and then at St Anselm. Our sympathy goes out to his family.
Robert Delisle Seattle WA

Posted by robert delisle - seattle, WA - Classmate   July 28, 2020

Paul was a wonderful classmate of mine at Bishop Bradley and St Anselm's. My sincerest condolences to his Family. He will be missed.
Ed Buecher

Posted by Edward Buecher - King City, OR - Classmate   October 11, 2019

Paul was a wonderful friend - a man of incredible heart and immense talent. We all miss him very much - every time we see birds in our backyard, we remember Paul who sent our son Valentino birdhouses and feeders which he made with his own hands. Paul will always stay in our hearts. Deepest condolences from all of us...

Posted by Julia LaVilla - Falls Church, VA   October 10, 2019


I miss you already, Dad.
See you on the other side.

Posted by Joan Magee - Pine Grove, LA   October 01, 2019

We will miss you Uncle Paul! I will always think of you when I tell my son shhhhhh, quiet, there is a baby sleeping upstairs.

Posted by Jaime Beadle - Gilford, NH - Family   September 24, 2019

Claudette We are so sorry to hear of Paul"s passing. He was a wonderful friend from St. Augustine, Bishop Bradley, and the Marine Corps Reserves. You and your family are in our prayers. Bob and Mary Raiche

Posted by Robert Raiche Sr. - Cocoa Beach, FL - Friend   September 23, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Paul's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Posted by Eileen Harriman - Winter Haven, FL   September 22, 2019

With fond memories working with Paul at Sanders. Joni Hanninen

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2019

Sending prayers, sympathy and love to the entire Leonard family...Paul was a strong fighter and you all made his final year and a half more bearable...God bless you all.

Posted by Jane Sherwin - Manchester, NH - Friend   September 16, 2019

So long Dad and thanks for showing me the Marine Corp Five Paragraph Order. You helped me be successful in business and in life! Love, Janet

Posted by Janet Thomson - Woodbury, CT - Daughter   September 16, 2019

One of the best. Many, many fond memories of time spent with Paul at the Sou and many rinks around New England. Bill Matthews

Posted by Bill Matthews - Kennebunkport, ME - Friend   September 16, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Paul for many years at Sanders. Smart, funny and a great man. You will be missed.

Posted by Kathy Lavoie - Chester, NH - Coworker   September 16, 2019

Sending my deepest condolences to the Leonard family. I will miss him tremendously. Paul was my mentor; he introduced me to federal contracting and I ended up making a career in that field. I love you, Paul!

Posted by Henny Benson - Jacksonville, FL   September 16, 2019

Sorry to hear. Your Dad had a big impact in my growth as a person and as a hockey player in my teenage years. I learned a lot from him. May He Rest In Peace. ❤

Posted by Jon Rheault - Deering, NH - Friend   September 15, 2019

Claudette and family and Sr. Mary:

My condolences on the loss of dear Paul. He was a remarkable man - truly one of a kind! Paul was a leader, mentor and trusted friend. He always made me laugh with his wicked sense of humor! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

Posted by Martha Shepard - Alexandria, VA   September 15, 2019

Sent with love and remembrance. Our most sincere condolences. He will be missed.

Posted by Fam. Gabriella & Krister Aldén - Norrkoping - Family Friend   September 15, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Frank Purdy - Manchester, NH   September 15, 2019

Gonna Miss you Dad -from advice and support to Jokes and fun. "Hit the net.....!!" Love Jeff

Posted by Jeffrey Leonard - CHRISTCHURCH - Son   September 15, 2019

My condolences. I worked with Paul back in the day at Sanders Associates. I have such fond memories.

Posted by Linda Evans - Nashua, NH - Coworker   September 15, 2019

Sorry to here about Paul's death. An old friend from St. Augustin as well as his dear sister Mary.

Andre and Susan Dery

Posted by Andre Dery - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   September 14, 2019

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