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John J. Leahy, 89

December 31, 2017


DALTON, Mass. — John J. Leahy, 89, of Dalton, Mass., passed away December 31, 2017.



Born on August 24, 1928 in Pittsfield, he was the son of the late John P. and Ruth Dewey Leahy. He was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1946 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Mr. Leahy then joined the United States Navy from 1946 to 1949. After he was honorably discharged from the Navy, he went on to graduate from Champlain College in 1953, with a bachelor's degree in engineering.



A civil engineer, he worked for 37 years for the state of Massachusetts, until retiring in 1990. John married the former Lorraine F. Hanford on November 22, 1951. She predeceased him on January 15, 2015.



John was an avid golfer and member of Berkshire Hills Country Club for over 60 years. He also played golf for the U.S. Navy. He played high school basketball and baseball and was a varsity letterman in golf and baseball at Champlain.



John was a communicant of St. Agnes Church and a member of the Pittsfield American Legion.



John leaves behind his children, Michael Leahy and wife Laurie Harper of Alameda, Calif., Linda Leahy of Southborough, Mass., Donna Bercury of Dalton, Mass., and Barbara Leahy of Alameda, Calif.; his sisters, Ruth Lomhoff of Astoria, Ore., and Marjorie Johnson of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one great-great-granddaughter.



Funeral notice: The funeral for John J. Leahy will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church on Main Street in Dalton, with the Rev. Christopher Malatesta officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Mountain View Cemetery in Lanesborough.



Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield. Donations in his memory can be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires.




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