Leonard Dinardo passed away September 16, 2021 in Saint Petersburg, Florida at the age of 87. Leonard was born September 15, 1934 and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. The youngest of six to Italian immigrant parents Michael and Sylvia (Cicchini) siblings Angelina, Louise, Kenneth, Frank and Michael. Leonard married Margaret (Peg) Murray in 1954 and moved to Miami Florida in 1960. Together they raised 6 children Michael, Leonard, Sylvia, Edward, Margaret and Catherine.
Leonard loved spending time with his family. They would play catch, bocce ball and was always ready for a challenging game of ping pong. Leonard encouraged his children to play sports and was a team driver for games. He loved camping and took his family on trips all over the eastern United States. The family was one of the first to camp at Disney World Campground (Fort Wilderness). A love of gardening he turned the family back yard into an organic vegetable garden where he grew the family seasonal favorites. Yankee fan from birth, his favorite player was Joe DiMaggio. Other hobbies were crabbing in Sunny Isle, Florida, shrimping under lantern light at Rickenbacker causewayand was an avid reader.
He drove a bus for the city of Miami and also worked for the U.S. Postal Service. After working at the Post office for nearly 25 years, he retired and he and Peg moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1993 where his oldest son and wife lived. Living in Gainesville allowed them to spend ample time with 9 of there 15 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Leonard received several awards during his working career. Among them was safe driver for Miami Dade Transit and Superior Accomplishment award from the U.S. Postal Service.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Margaret (Peg), his son Leonard Jr. He is survived by his children Michael, wife Elizabeth (High Springs, FL.) Sylvia (St. Petersburg, FL) Edward (Alachua, Fl) Margaret, husband Christopher Angelo (Pompano Beach, Fl) and Catherine,husband David Liska (Miramar, FL). 15 Grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. His beloved sisters Angelina DeMartino NJ and Louise Giordano NJ.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to Suncoast Hospice at Suncoasthospicefoundation.com or call 727-523-2441 to the memorial found of Leonard Dinardo.Donations are also appreciated to Santa Fe Shrine of our Lady of La Leche, High Springs Fl. www.santafeshrineourladylaleche.com 386-454-2358
Mass and burial will be at St. Madeline Catholic Church in High Springs, Florida on October 16, 2021, 10AM.
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