June 28, 1955 ‒ October 30, 2018
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 visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com