ForeverMissed

Paul T. Leonard died peacefully on May 12th 2016 at his home in Tucson, Arizona after a long battle with hydrocephalus and vascular dementia.  Pat Leonard, his wife of 61 years and best friend was with him. 

Paul,

The time has come for us to part

Your departure has left emptiness in many hearts

We must release you-this we know

God has called you and you must go

You had a passion for family love and pride

And it was strong 'till the day you died

It breaks our heart to lose you

But you do not go alone

Part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

                                                     With Love, Pat 

Paul is survived by his children: Denise (Deni) Dickson (husband, Dennis) of Indianapolis, IN, Lori Wheeler (husband, Jon) of Walla Walla, WA, Paul T. Leonard, Jr. (wife, Denise) of Hayden Lake, ID, Mary Leonard of Los Angeles, CA  and foster-son, Hank L. Phan of Murrieta, CA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jonathan Wheeler, Nicole (Kellen) Clemens, Cassie (Vincent) Glondo, Jamie Wheeler, Brittany (Michael) Ratelle, Paul Leonard III (Mary Alice), Madison Leonard and Hannah Leonard and twelve great grandchildren: Samantha and Beckham Wheeler, Kate, Grant and Scarlet Clemens, Gracie, Dominic and Gianna Glondo, Eleanor, Charlotte and Emmett Ratelle and Liv Leonard.

Paul is also survived by his brother, Philip Leonard, his sister Mary Bassett, and 69 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to either;

Santa Catalina Catholic Church

14380 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85737

Attention: Susan Budrow

 OR

Hospice Family Care

6300 El Dorado Plaza, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85755

Attention: Robin Perez.

Please make donations in Memory of Paul T. Leonard.

Posted by Denise Dickson on May 12, 2020
Dear Daddy-O, a.k.a. the Major,
It was four years ago today, that you left us; we knew that it was a blessing that your suffering here on earth would end. We think of you often and miss you SO VERY MUCH!! 
With Love and Prayers,
Deni and Big D
Posted by Mary Leonard on May 12, 2020
I miss you, Popino but you are always with me. 
You are in my thoughts and in my heart. 
Always.

XXOO, Mary
Posted by Pat Leonard on May 12, 2020
It is so hard to believe that four long years have passed. You are in my heart and prayers every day!
Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt that truth to be a liar
But never doubt that I love - you.

(Hamlet)

RIP, Big Guy
Posted by Mark And Patricia Whitwor... on May 12, 2020
Pat, your sharing of your Paul is so appreciated. Four years passes so quickly and it is but a flash of time in Paul's eternity of time. He is honored by your love.  Mark and Pat
Posted by Jon Wheeler on April 20, 2020
Big N,
I am a day late, so this post will not show up on your Birthday! However, no big deal right? Cause no need for birthdays in heaven, for everyday is a day of happiness and joy in the presence of our merciful God. It is a beautiful day here in Walla Walla. I probably never really thanked you and God enough over the years for the gift of your daughter Lori. She has been the perfect life partner for me! She is by far the most talented and gifted woman I know. You can revel in the glories of heaven knowing you and Pat changed and blessed my life with the gift of life thru your daughter Lori. I will always love you and the gift forever! Love you “Bigger than a Mountain”
Jon
Posted by Mary Leonard on April 19, 2020
(Go to video in gallery)

I am not quite ready for the Philharmonic, but practice makes perfect. Dad could not hear this song often enough on his birthday.

With love and many good memories.
Deni
Posted by Mary Leonard on April 19, 2020
Dear Dad,

You haven’t gone away, you walk beside me every day…Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved and still missed. You are in my heart, in my thoughts, and in my life always. 

XXOO, Tweets
Posted by Bruce Hill on April 19, 2020
Linda and I will forever miss our visits with you and Pat and our "deep thought" phone call conversations. You held your ground when you believed in something and respected those that had different point of views.
We miss you friend.
Posted by Mark And Patricia Whitwor... on April 19, 2020
Pat, my Pat and I so appreciate the time we spent together while traveliing with you and Paul at the Pre-Retirement Seminars. You already know that, but we learned so much from you and Paul. We will never stop caring for that time of love and generosity of your ideas and accomplisments. Please always know we that we always cared to this day.

From Mark and Paricia Whitworth
Posted by Pat Leonard on April 19, 2020
I guess my age is showing as I didn't realized that I had posted this little prayer a ways back, It is one that I say so often and it sort of gives me solace, I miss you Big guy - today and every day!
Posted by Pat Leonard on April 19, 2020
I thought of you with love today, but, that is nothing new. I thought of you
yesterday and days before that , too. I think of you in silence and I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. You memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in his loving hands. I have you in my heart!
RIP
Posted by Dave Nafziger on April 18, 2020
The hounds my bark but the caravan rolls on

When ever things got tough or problems arose Paul would say this.
When he did I always visualized an old in medieval times.
I always will remember this. He will be missed
Posted by Madison Leonard on April 18, 2020
It's a beautiful spring here in Switzerland and I'm thinking of my Big N often. I know he would be thrilled about me living in europe, singing opera, and married to my best friend. I'm so excited for some time in the future when Shea can meet the wonderful patriarch of our family :) Love you fore'er
Posted by Mark And Patricia Whitwor... on June 17, 2019
Father's Day is special to all of us. Especially on such remembrance days. God Bless YOU. Mark and pat
Posted by Denise Dickson on June 16, 2019
Thinking of you on Father's Day, Daddy-O. You were a wonderful teacher, role model , mentor and best friend. I learned so much from you. Maybe the most valuable lesson was that I could accomplish anything that I wanted to do; this instilled a strong sense of self confidence in all of us kids. Thank you! Until we meet again! Deni
Posted by Pat Leonard on June 16, 2019
Happy Father;s Day! I can feel your smile!
Love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow!
Posted by Mark And Patricia Whitwor... on May 12, 2019
Pat, Mother's Day is here and we will always be sure that Paul never forgot you on that Occasion. You gave him a beautiful family. He is probably still saying from Heaven that he loves you, but if you need him at any time, just pray and connect with him. Beats the Internet all the way. Mark and Patricia Whitworth
Posted by Dave Nafziger on May 12, 2019
Worked with Paul for many years. Always enjoyed being with Paul. Paul always had an enlightening approach to life and business.
The world needs more Like him.
Dave Nafziger
Posted by Pat Leonard on May 12, 2019
Thinking of you today - as I do every day! I can’t believe it has been three years . I still miss you so much and every day I want to share something special with you. I feel your love from above and love you so much
Fluffy
Posted by Pat Leonard on May 12, 2019
Ironically, as it may seem, I have not visited this website for sometime. However, I chose today to read all the beautiful memorial’s that have been Written about Paul. It makes me realize how fortunate I have been to be married to this wonderful man for over 60 years. And, it fills my heart with love when I read the wonderful comments that his friends and family have made about him. I miss him dearly and he is in my thoughts and my heart every waking moment of the day. But, I know that he is at peace and for that reason, I am also at peace. I love you more than yesterday and less in tomorrow. 
Your Fluff
Posted by Denise Dickson on May 12, 2019
Dear Daddy O,
Three years ago today, we lost you, but we know you are in a much better place. We are always together in spirit. You will be with us today as we celebrate Mother’s Day. We are in the Wee Village, Tweets will be preparing a special meal; Hung and Sue A. will be joining Mom, Big D and I for the day.
We know that you would love the newest member of the family, Rufus,
He will not be allowed to eat bran muffins❗️ Love you to bits, Deni
Posted by Mark And Patricia Whitwor... on April 21, 2019
Thanks for responding, Pat. We live in SoCal. We appreciate your remembrances, Pat and Mark Whitworth
Posted by Mark And Patricia Whitwor... on April 20, 2019
Paul was a standout in our life. He was reachable in conversation and time spent.  We were the blessed ones. His footprints will never fade away.
May God Bless you, Pat, in sharing him with us.
Posted by Pat Leonard on April 19, 2019
The birthday crown sits on the shelf and that spice cake won't be baked, but your presence is with me every moment of every waking hour. I survive on wonderful memories of you. We had such a good life and those are the things that I cling to now. Happy Birthday! I hope you get a "sliver" of cake. I love you more than yesterday, but, less than tomorrow.
Posted by Mary Leonard on April 19, 2019
Happy Birthday, Dad.
Thank you for your love, your generosity, your humor and lit but loyal debates. You've taught me a lot of things, except how to live without you. Love you, Mary
Those who have left us are not absent, they are only invisible. Their eyes, full of joy, are fixed on ours, full of tears. They are always with us. -Saint Augustine
Posted by Denise Dickson on February 19, 2019
It all started sixty four years ago today when Paul and Pat became husband and wife.  We are thankful that they brought four children into this world‼️ We are the people that we are today, because of the lessons they taught us, the inspiration they provided and most of all, the unconditional love they constantly gave to us.
Daddy-O, I think of you every day; Your bride misses you but I feel so lucky to give her a hug every day. ❤️
Posted by Mary Leonard on February 19, 2019
Celebrating my parents great love today! My Dad was a great soul. 
A Great Soul
By Maya Angelou
“A great soul serves everyone all the time.
A great soul never dies.
It brings us together again and again.”
Posted by Pat Leonard on February 19, 2019
Hey, Big Guy,
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence and I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping and I have you in my heart.
Happy Anniversary
Posted by Pat Leonard on February 19, 2019
Ironically, as it may seem, I have not visited this website for sometime. However, I chose today to read all the beautiful memorial’s that have been Written about Paul. It makes me realize how fortunate I have been to be married to this wonderful man for over 60 years. And, it fills my heart with love when I read the wonderful comments that his friends and family have made about him. I miss him dearly and he is in my thoughts and my heart every waking moment of the day. But, I know that he is at peace and for that reason, I am also at peace. I love you more than yesterday and less in tomorrow. 
Your Fluff
Posted by Denise Dickson on December 24, 2018
Dear Daddy-O,
I think about you every day, but especially today--Christmas Eve and Grandma Evie's birthday. We will be going to mass and returning home for
oyster stew and tamales . Hung and Mary are here, staying with Mom. Give Grandma a hug from all of us. Wish we could all be together, but someday we will.
With love,
Deni
Posted by Maggie Malone on May 12, 2018
So sad to realize you’re no longer with us, Paul, but fondly remember you from all the summer weeks the Malone cousins spent with the Leonard family in Plainview. I love to think of you reunited with your generous, loving parents: your gentle father, Mike, and spirited mother, Evelyn. Rest In Peace, knowing that you live on in the hearts of many.
Posted by Madison Leonard on May 12, 2018
Thinking of you today, Big N. I've had a big couple of months! Married to my sweetheart (who you will adore), and singing in some very cool places. I can't help but think that you are bragging it up big time where you are, in the sweet way that only you can. We all miss you dearly and share stories and memories of you often. I guess we got the bragging gene, too :) Love you forever, Ruski
Posted by Denise Dickson on April 23, 2018
Dear Daddy-O,
You are always in our thoughts, but especially this week on your birthday. We wanted to have a low-key birthday celebration: so Mom and I went to mass, then brought pastries home from Basha's--sorry no cake or crown--we will save those for when we are together. In the meantime, know that we feel your presence EVERY day. Love, Deni
Posted by Mary Leonard on April 19, 2018
Today, my Dad would have been 86 years old. The older I become, the more I realize that having a father like him was as rare as a desert rose and just as beautiful. Those we love don't go away. They stay in our hearts; always near, still loved and still missed. Forever grateful to have had him as my friend and my dad. Happy birthday, Poppino! 
Posted by Denise Leonard on May 17, 2017
Big "N" you where missed today! The family all gathered for a beautiful
joining of two kids very much in LOVE! Hannah and Chris were sealed together for all time and eternity! We felt you with us all day...we celebrated the day of your passing with a beautiful union of your youngest grand-daughter! It was a beautiful day and Paul wore your watch and spoke about the TIME that has passed and how much we miss you. I miss your smile, conversations on all the latest topics and watching how you loved on your "fluffy"....All my love, Niece
Posted by Chuck Farho on May 12, 2017
It's hard to believe that it's a year already since we lost our good friend. Coming back to SaddleBrooke and not finding him here was almost surreal, Since the day I arrived in 2005, Paul was always there and i so much looked forward to spending time with him. While we obviously still love SaddleBrooke, since we've made it our permanent home, there just seems to be something missing. It's you, Paul. Joyce and I truly miss you.

Chuck and Joyce Farho
Posted by Glenda Sitland on May 12, 2017
We miss you Paul but we have so many lovely memories
Posted by Dot M on May 5, 2017
It was always a pleasure to spend time with Denise's dad. He was a very friendly and caring person. He always seemed more interested in what we were doing with our lives than what he was doing or had done with his. We are sorry for his loss. His friendliness spread throughout the family as everyone we have met always has been very kind and attentive to us. I realize that this is very late but I was remembering that it is almost a year.  I am sure he is smiling down at his family.

Craig and Dot McKenzie
Posted by Mary Leonard on April 20, 2017
Remembering and Celebrating my Dad. If I could plant a flower for every time I miss him, I could walk through my garden forever. Lots of love and blessings forever. Mary
Posted by Brittany Leonard Ratelle on April 19, 2017
Happy birthday Big Nonno! We are thinking of you today and remembering the famous birthday where you wore your handmade crown all the way to the hardware store.
Posted by Madison Leonard on April 19, 2017
Thinking of our Big N today on his birthday! Love and miss him 4-e'er.

--Madiruski
Posted by Hannah Leonard on April 19, 2017
Thinking of our big N on this very special day of his. Happy Birthday Nonno, and know that we are all smiling up at you on this day, and every day. We love you!
Posted by Bruce Hill on April 19, 2017
Linda and I have been thinking of you recently. Miss those phone calls with you PT and know you're have a special BDAY.
Posted by Jan Wojciuk-Graf on March 11, 2017
Settling into life in SaddleBrooke, Bill soon connected with Pat over real estate matters. Eventually, we met Paul. He possessed a unique sense of humor and was a great conversationalist - always interesting! Bill and I soon saw that he shared strong bonds with his dear Pat and family. It was with great pleasure and a deep sense of honor for me to minister with Paul during his home hospice time. Knowing that Paul is well and happily in God's presence now, Bill and I pray that his loved ones feel peace rather than sorrow. Blessings!
Posted by Chuck Farho on December 26, 2016
MY FRIEND, PAUL LEONARD

We all go through our lives having many many acquaintances, but really, a relatively few number of friends that we consider to be close enough to be family. During my life, I've been blessed to have had a number of such friends, among which is the Leonard family, and the patriarch of that family, Paul. I am deeply honored, as a friend, to have been asked to say a few words as we honor Paul's life and bid him farewell until we meet him again.
Compared to may others here, i was a relative newcomer in Paul's life, having known him about 11 years. while that seems like a fairly short time, it was long enough to really get to know appreciate who he was and what he was about. right from the very first time we met, i had this feeling that I had known him all my life, and that feeling did nothing b ut increase over the intervening years.
/who
was Paul Leonard through the eyes of a new, yet old friend? Well, two characteristics stand out for me . They are the words, dignity and gentleman. Paul, to me, was the epitome of both. It's not always easy to define these terms in words, bit it's one of those situations where, when you see it, you know it. He had dignity in his appearance, in his words, and in his actions, even near the end whe could do nothing else, but still be, Paul. 'Everything is going well, and how are you doing?" that's who he was. He was always interested in you, your family, your activities, and of course was always so proud of his family and their accomplishments. In thinking back, I can't really remember him using the word, "I" unless he was relating something from his Penney's days. It was always about others.
We always loved discussing virtually any topic. He was truly interested in what you had to say and what your opinions were. You know, we're all aware that to stay friends, we should avoid the topics of politics and religion. Not so with Paul. As with any topic, he was the consummate gentleman. Much of the time you weren't even aware of his opinion because he was more interested in the discussion, rather than trying to make a point like most of us are apt to do. Maybe his family and co-workers saw something else, but as a friend, he simply was not judgmental.
Good friend, my life is so much better off having the privilege of calling you my friend. We love and miss you.
Posted by Adan Paredes on June 26, 2016
Mr Leonard is greatly missed everyday by all the people that had the opportunity to know him.I personally miss him a lot and I know that he is in a better place. It was a great time to me an such a blessing to know him an the rest of the family.all of them.God bless Mr L anderen the rest of the family
Posted by Ann Rolando on June 21, 2016
Pat, 
You are right. Her voice is so beautiful (like an angel) and adds so much to the memorial. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. 
 
Much love,
Ann and John Rolando
Posted by Diane Graves on June 17, 2016
Denise - So sorry for loss. I always enjoyed seeing your father, Paul when he would come to Lilly. You've always been a special person to me. Take care. God Bless.

Diane
Posted by Cassie Glondo on June 16, 2016
So many memories of my Big N..... All which will never be forgotten! So incredibly thankful for the time spent with him as a child, and even more so, the time I shared with him as an adult. Not a day passes, that I don't feel his presence.....even if it is a smile from above. I love you Big Nonno!!!!!!!
Posted by Madison Leonard on June 16, 2016
What a blessing it is to be a granddaughter of Paul Leonard. I have so many cherished memories of him from trips to Saddlebrooke, where he spoiled us grandkids! I will think of him any time I pass a Penny's, read the Wall Street Journal, or scores of other little things that will remind me of the kind, gentle, sweet man that he was. Love you 4 e'er, Big N. Love, Madiruski
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Posted by Denise Dickson on May 12, 2020
Dear Daddy-O, a.k.a. the Major,
It was four years ago today, that you left us; we knew that it was a blessing that your suffering here on earth would end. We think of you often and miss you SO VERY MUCH!! 
With Love and Prayers,
Deni and Big D
Posted by Mary Leonard on May 12, 2020
I miss you, Popino but you are always with me. 
You are in my thoughts and in my heart. 
Always.

XXOO, Mary
Posted by Pat Leonard on May 12, 2020
It is so hard to believe that four long years have passed. You are in my heart and prayers every day!
Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt that truth to be a liar
But never doubt that I love - you.

(Hamlet)

RIP, Big Guy
Recent stories

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Shared by Denise Dickson on April 19, 2017

Dad was born 85 years ago today. What a full life he lived! If he was with us today, we would have baked a spice cake with German chocolate icing. We would have made him a crown out of tin foil which he would have worn all day. He would have wanted us to sing "Happy Birthday" to him throughout the day--(what happened to his humility?)
We do think about him every day and know he his looking down on us.
We look forward to being with you, Dad.
With all our love, XXXOOO, Big D and Deni 

How Lucky I am

Shared by Denise Dickson on August 23, 2016

How lucky I am.....

--To be Mom and Dad's first born

--To be the child that strongly favored Dad in looks and temperament

--To have had a tall, handsome gentleman for a hero, one named, Dad

--To have a Dad who taught me many important lessons, maybe first and            foremost, the fact that I could do anything I wanted in life

--To have Dad as a role model, especially in my career in business

--To have shared so many womderful times with Mom and Dad, our best friends and neighbors in Saddlebrooke, for over two decades

--To be in Tucson as Dad's health declined; although this period was extremely difficult, it was a very special time to be by his side, with Mom.

--To have had the chance to say a long "Good-bye" to Dad; this was the hardest thing that I have done in my life, but I know that he is in a much better place and one day we will be together again.

Thank you, Daddy-O; I love you, Deni
  
 









Oh......Daddy-O

Shared by Kathy Hetzler on August 15, 2016

I have had many wonderful opportunities to travel to Saddlebrooke since Pat and Paul's relocation there in the 80's. Last fall, October 2015, I was on a much needed respite following right shoulder reconstruction and a blow out of my left shoulder.  I was staying with Deni, my bestestfriend in the world!

Pat and Deni were out on an errand and I was sitting with Paul for the morning.
The following vignette was as I recall a common event in the Leonard household,
but a first for me.

I had settled Paul in with the morning paper as we concluded a discussion on various topics and our morning arm workout. I needed to run to the ladies room and asked Paul to stay seated while I was gone.  HOWEVER, I returned to find Paul sprawled on the floor, attempting to rise.  Oh, Daddy-O, what have you done?  Not sure how or where to begin lifting him, I lay on the floor beside him to calm him down.  We did some deep breathing and I asked him if he knew any new jokes.  He did not, so I shared the two I knew.

Finally, I got to my knees realizing how handicapped I was with no shoulder strength.  So we proceeded to roll toward the sofa with the help of a blanket under
Paul and finally inched our way onto the sofa.  Laughing the whole time, Paul and I admitted life and friends are good.  His pride was a bit dented but all in all, we survived with a lot of giggles!  Paul and I conspired not to "tell" (so Paul would not get into trouble)!

Kathy Hetzler, Paul's buddy