Andy Leonard

June 28, 1955 ‒ October 30, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio
Formerly of Massillon, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Andy Leonard’s life may not have been the easiest. Born with cerebral palsy, Andy overcame any physical limitations with a beautiful charisma that touched those around him.  His outlook on life was positive, he was a true inspiration.  Andrew B. “Andy” Leonard, 63, of Mansfield and formerly of Massillon, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Mansfield Memorial Homes surrounded by his family.

The son of Stuart and Bonnie (McClaflin) Leonard, Andy was born June 28, 1955 in Crestline and graduated from Malabar High School in 1976.

Andy had recently lived in Massillon.  He loved sports, especially The Ohio State Buckeyes.  He also cheered for the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavs as well as the Boston Red Sox.  When possible Andy would support his nieces and nephews, attending their sporting events.  Andy even helped coach a high school football game.

Somehow, Andy was able to soften the hardest of hearts.  He was loved by numerous caregivers, teachers, doctors and of course his family.  He never complained and showed an incredible amount of patience.  Andy was extremely intelligent but never overpowering.  He enjoyed learning about space and NASA’s Space Program.  Andy also enjoyed cards, especially euchre.

A member of Grace Episcopal Church, Andy had the unique ability to share unconditional love.

Andy is survived by his mother Bonnie Leonard of Mansfield; brother William “Bill” Leonard and his wife of Dowagiac, Michigan and sister Linda (Keith) Bender of Mansfield; nieces and nephews Touby (Lauren) Bender, Theresa (James) Roberts, Taylor Bender, Heather Leonard, Gabrielle (Tharon) Combs, and Billy Leonard; great-niece Julianna Combs; special friends and caregivers Sandi, Tasha, Brooke, Jess, and many others.

Along with his father he was preceded in death by an infant brother Randy Leonard.

His family will receive friends Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 11a.m.-1 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 1 p.m.  Father David Sipes and Father Daniel Orr will officiate.

Memorial contributions to the Grace Episcopal Food Pantry or to Aultman Compassionate Care Hospice may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by

  • Andy was a amazing man, I only knew him for a few months but he made me feel like family. Love and prayers for his wonderful loving family.

  • Our deepest condolences in the loss of your Uncle Andy. It sounds like he was an amazing person and was deeply loved by all of his family.
    We lift your entire family in prayer for God’s peace and consolation during this difficult time.
    Thinking of you as well in your time of sorrow, Linda. Siblings share a unique bond of love that lasts through and despite any circumstances…the unconditional love God graced to your brother and through your family despite the trials of this life. It seems (in reflection of this beautiful memorial) that he lived the Serenity Prayer.
    Peace be with you and yours.
    Our love and sympathy to all of you, Bill & Judy

  • Praying that your family, friends, faith and fond memories bring comfort to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • My his beautiful soul rise above, he was very understanding, caring, absolutely giving and always ready to listen. Truly I’m sorry for all of our loss. RIP Andy, but at the same time I also know you’re standing tall. Love you much and will miss you ever so much more….

  • Deepest sympathies to Andy’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Andy in Canal Fulton, both at Echoing Ridge and Connections. I was in zone 2, and worked with him daily. He was patient with me learning to communicate with him and I had it, we had endless conversations about anything and everything. He taught me so much about life and became a close friend. After I left ridge and connections, we didn’t talk much, but still, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him and everything he stood for and everything he taught me. Andy will be deeply missed and his smile and warm heart will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Dear Bonnie and Linda and family, I’m so sorry for your lose. I know Andy was one of a kind and very special to those who knew him. He will be missed by all. Prayers go out to all of you.
    Anna Lee CHRISTIANSEN, sister to Brenda Whisler

  • Thoughts and prayers for family and friends. Andy touched the lives of many people and will be remembered always.

  • Bonnie and family my heart goes out to you!!! We were able to share years of time with Andy while we worked our SHP business. Andy was a joy as he always joked with us about “Are you all right?” His response was “No, I’m left on the other side!” I loved Andy. What a giant of a man! I will always have a special place in my heart for Andy and his dear mother Bonnie. Yes, Andy is walking tall with a smilingly face and loving heart!!!
    God bless you Bonnie, Bill, Linda and family!!

  • I was a housekeeper at Legends care center where I met Andy and Bonnie. Andy was so smart and I loved going to his room every day. I remember telling him when the cable was out that I was gonna bring in a video tape of the Dallas Cowboys for him to watch. Of course he would smile and shake his head no! He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling and laughing when I came in to see him. He was truly an amazing person. My condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Andy made a huge impact on myself and family. I fell in love with caregiving and pursued a career in nursing with the encouragement from Andy to do so. My children learned to love those who are different (wheelchairs can be so scary). Andy always could make a shift fly bye, between the real talks and the hilarious jokes. I’ll miss that ornery face and contagious laugh. Fly high Andy hope your running among the clouds watching over all who loved you so dearly. I’ll never forget you and thank you for being you! I love ya old man!!

  • He’s now doing everything he wished he could do. He has joined many of our Ridge friends who went ahead of him. Go Buckeyes!! Love Kim Shissler

  • From all your staff and c0-workers at Echoing Ridge – you will be greatly missed. Your warmth, intelligence, kindness and spirit touched us all. We miss your ornery sense of humor and beautiful smile. We believe we will see you again, running around Heaven looking to torment some Michigan fans – except there are none there! We love you.

  • I remember Andy and Larry Bocka working out a communication board way before all the technology came into vogue. I remember how Bonnie had to “prove” to schools and care givers how smart Andy really was and how to focus on his capabilities. I remember how much his teachers and therapists appreciated the support and encouragement his family provided so, as a team, Andy could have the best and be the best he could be. I will remember Andy always.

  • Andy was always encouraging others….he is now with many others that went before him. He will be missed.

  • Bonnie you and your family are in my deepest thoughts and prayers, I am so saddened by Andy’s passing, it’s been quite some time since I had seen him but spoke to him through Facebook, ( I know longer live in Ohio) I will never forget his dream trip to Nashville that he got to accomplish, if there was one thing he wanted was to go to opry land and the grand ol opry, we took a road trip and away we went, we had a wonderful time going to all the places Andy never dreamed he would go! He even got on rides at the theme park and road roller coasters that he never thought he would ever get to do, I remember the smiles and the tears being so happy and free! We became very close I as worked at echoing ridge for many years, took him home to Mansfield to see his family, and I often took him shopping and him for weekends to my famlies home where he he became part of my personal family ! We will all miss you, I hope your running around and talking up a storm dancing to your country music !!! You thought me so much, different ways of communicating, and you often you to go in library and write me the sweetest letters !!! You lived a life with many struggles, but those who knew you, knew you had more paitients them anyone I know !!! Thank again for all the memories, fly high my friend… until e meet again !! Lots of love always !! Jen 😇🙏🏻

  • Andy, You were an amazing individual and so intelligent. I have always felt blessed to have known you. RIP, dear Andy! Heaven gained an angel 😇

  • Even though you have passed from this world you are still able to touch us all. You will be missed by your family, your friends, and your extended family of all who loved you. I know you are watching over us right now with that smile.

  • This is not “Goodbye”, but only” I’ll see you soon.” Now run, sing and dance with Jesus. And in the meantime, keep looking for me. and I’ll be looking for you. I miss you my friend…..