Public speaking was far from Junnie’s comfort zone. Well, at least when he was young. But when his church put out a call for lectors he wanted to serve. A Dale Carnegie course gave him the confidence. Leon went on to lector, officiate at funerals, weddings, MC at company affairs, and be the President of the local Kiwannis Club for several terms. Of course growth was always his thing. Junnie had a thirst for learning and adventure. Along with his wife they motorcycled in many states alone and with the Retread Bike Club. They spent 29 years at Big Timber Lake Campground in Cape May Courthouse taking family camping and seeing Civil War Battlefields. Somehow Leon found time to coach Little League teams. Although his daughters didn’t think he was a slave to fashion he always looked just right out in public. He kept the church finances straight; his count was never off.
It was a blind date led Leon and his wife, Helen DeVoy to enjoy 61 years together. They were blessed with four children ; Mariagnes “Chickie” Johnson, Leon 3rd, Peggy Cipparone and Jennifer Ranji, 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He is survived by sisters, Mary Mathias and Elaine Matteo and was pre-deceased by siblings, Richard and Barbara “Bobby” Barber.
Come celebrate 83 inspirational years Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at St. Josephs Church, Swedesboro. Interment Lake Park Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Junnie may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 140 Broad Street Swedesboro 08085.