Mr. Leo J. Letendre

  • Born: January 30, 1926
  • Died: April 20, 2019
  • Location: Orleans, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leo J. Letendre, passed away on April 20th at the age of 93. He is predeceased by Elizabeth (DeRocher), his beloved wife of 67 years; his brother, Richard Letendre; and his daughter, Karen Raboin. He leaves his daughter, Michele Granger; sons, Kenneth and Gerard Letendre; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Leo attended Medford High School and served in the US Navy submarine service and was proud to be known as a 'Bubblehead'. He was a state and national lifetime member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII.

After 33 years of dedicated and honorable service, Leo retired with the rank of captain from the Somerville Police Department. As a police officer, he was chosen for a number of leadership positions including: Director of the Somerville Police Academy and Police Prosecutor at the Somerville District Court.
Leo also served as a member of the Mass. Police Association Board of Directors, the Mass. Criminal Justice Council and the Executive Board of the Somerville Y.M.C.A.

Following his retirement, he assumed the Directorship of Training for First Security Services in Boston.
Leo took pleasure in helping others. He volunteered at The Stone Zoo, Friends of The Fells, and Hallmark Oncology Clinic in Stoneham.
He loved music and sang in a barbershop quartet and chorus for many years. He was a friend to all animals, especially dogs for whom he always had a pocketful of biscuits.

Leo was an avid reader, landscape oil painter, and photographer. He embraced life fully and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
hose who would like to make a donation in Leo's name should do so to The American Cancer Society 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

A memorial mass will be celebrating Leo's Eternal Life will be held in St. Raphael's Church 514 High St. Medford on Saturday April 27th, 2019 at 11 am. Burial will be private.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by A friend   September 01, 2019

I was an email friend with Leo for several years,from 2011.
I was introduced to him by mutual friends, Doc & Marion Buttermore. They were neighbors of his and your mom at their winter homes.
He didn't write as often once he moved to the assisted living facility but did keep in touch.
He was such a caring man with all that he did for our country and for others.
I would have loved to have known him in person.
My sincere condolences to his family and all that knew and loved him.
Suzanne Landy
Safety Harbor, FL

Posted by Suzanne Landy - Safety Harbor, FL   August 10, 2019

Mr. Letendre,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-first for our Country when you served with the USN during WW II as a Submariner with the Silent Service and later for the citizens of Somerville when you served with the SPD. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Posted by Mike Casey(former Ma resident - El Paso, TX   May 03, 2019

With deepest sympathy to the Letendre Family. Michele, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. May God bless you and your family.
Sincere Sympathy. Linda (Pike) Mariano

Posted by Linda Mariano - Canton, MA   April 30, 2019

As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2019

Leo was one of the volunteers that worked with me at Hallmark Health Cancer Center in Stoneham. He was such a kind and genuine gentleman. He loved volunteering at the Center . He always had a smile for everyone and he touched many lives throughout the years. He made the best of every challenge that came his way. He led a very remarkable and interesting life. He was loved and respected by everyone here. He will never be forgotten.

Posted by Kathi Whittier - Stoneham, MA - Coworker   April 29, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about Leo's passing. He was a wonderful, kind man with a huge heart. We loved listening to him talk about his family and life stories and what an impressive life he lived. He was loved and respected by everyone that knew him and we feel blessed to have known him for 11 yrs. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May your memories bring you peace and comfort. Deepest condolences, the Watson family.

Posted by Alice Watson - Manchester, NH - friend   April 26, 2019

For years we heard the legend of Leo Letendre as lovingly told by the Montclair wing of his family. And were thrilled to meet him and Betty at different functions, as they beamed and presided over everyone's good time. Without knowing it, he had through his emissaries a distant but enormous impact on our lives. Thank you, Leo.

Posted by Bob/Kasey Goger - Montclair, NJ - Family Friend   April 25, 2019

I had distinct pleasure of knowing and having a long terms friendship with Leo. I met Leo when I was 19 years old working directly with him at the Somerville Police Department and throughout the decades I knew him, he was truly a "class act". He never thought of himself; rather he always helped all he knew. His number one love were his wife Betty, his daughters Karen and Michele and his sons Kenneth and Gerard about whom he proudly spoke.

He was extremely supportive of me in all I did. His ongoing and strong words of encouragement throughout my career as an attorney will be one of my fondest memories. He valued all aspects of education and he was an accomplished public speaker and writer. He was a progressive leader in his career as a police officer and brought true quality and honor to his chosen profession. His advocacy of his fellow police officers was unsurpassed and unfettered. A true gentlemen in all in did who lived life to the fullest.

Bob O'Neill East Dennis, MA

Posted by A friend   April 24, 2019

As the former Manager of Volunteer Services of MelroseWakefield Hospital and the Hallmark Infusion/Oncology center in Stoneham, I had the honor of working with Leo. He always had a contagious smile. We thank him for his dedicated service to us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Anne Marie Sirois - Salem, MA - Coworker   April 24, 2019

What a class act and a true gentleman. He will be fondly remembered and missed.

Posted by Rita Shanahan - Stoneham, MA   April 24, 2019

Posted by Rita Shanahan - Stoneham   April 24, 2019

Tom Raboin,

Martha & I send deepest condolences through you to Leo's family.

Jim Lima

Posted by Jim Lima - Nashua, NH   April 24, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Leo. I volunteered with Leo in the past at Hallmark Oncology. Leo always had interesting stories about his time on the Somerville Police department. We had a lot of laughs talking about my home town and how it had changed. My deepest condolences to Leo's Family..
Louise Zuk

Posted by Louise Zuk - Stoneham - Friend   April 23, 2019

Deepest condolences to the Letendre family. Leo was my neighbor for many years, and his bright smile and doggie treats will be fondly remembered

Posted by Trisha Pallotta - Stoneham, MA - Neighbor   April 22, 2019