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Everett J. Leonard

March 31, 1925 November 28, 2018
Everett J. Leonard
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Everett James Leonard died peacefully at home on November 27th. He was 93 years old. Born in Boston, he grew up in Milton, and spent his childhood running around the Blue Hills, reading, and playing day long pond hockey games. His childhood summers were spent, first at his grandfather’s house in Green Harbor, and later at summer cottages in Hingham.
In 1948 he married, Shirley Bailey Brown of Duxbury. In 1959 he and Shirley bought the little red house on the edge of Home Meadows in Hingham. Restoring the house, reclaiming the land, and caring for both became a labor of love for the next fifty-five years. Many family and friends thought of the house as a sanctuary, a place to marvel at the natural world, and enjoy stories and laughter.
In 1957 he embarked on his forty year teaching career. He was an extraordinary teacher, and remembered countless students fondly. He loved having students visit and many of them became life long friends. He was the author of two novels and many poems, and held a Master’s degree from Harvard’s School of Education.
The patriarch of a large and loving family he will be remembered always for his love of people, books, sailing, the ocean, playing hockey, and his incredible gentle and compassionate nature. His belief in social justice, and hope for the future was unshakeable. His grandchildren especially remember the songs he made up for their amusement. All of us will always feel his abiding love.
He leaves his wife, Shirley, his daughters, Sarah and Amy, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren his sister, Judy, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his daughter, Emily, his granddaughter, Bailey, his sister, Regina, his brother, Clyde, and his parents, James and Regina Leonard.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 9th at 2 p.m. at The Old Ship Church in Hingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: The Carter Center, One Copenhill, 453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
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