1940 - 2021
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John P. “Jack” Leonard, 80, of Lowell, beloved husband of Carol (Evans) Leonard, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021. A lifelong resident of Lowell, Jack was born on June 13, 1940 to the late John F. Leonard and Mary (Linehan) Leonard.
Jack graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1958 and went on to earn a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMASS Lowell) and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Jack was blessed with two fulfilling careers. For 35 years, he was a well-respected and well-liked professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Lowell Tech/University of Lowell/UMASS Lowell. A thoughtful and committed educator, his dedication to the profession earned him the esteem of colleagues and students alike and multiple outstanding teaching awards. A major highpoint and source of great pride occurred in 1996 when he guided a group of undergraduates to a first place finish in the MIT micromouse competition.
Following his retirement from UMASS Lowell in 2002, Jack worked for another 10 years as a software engineer at Raytheon in the Missile Systems Division where he enjoyed the challenge of learning and utilizing new computer languages. After retiring for a second time, Jack continued as Professor Emeritus at UMASS Lowell providing computer expertise to start-up projects, including an educational test bench for STEM experiments, and assisting students with senior capstone projects.
Jack was an avid walker and was seen almost daily on hikes around Belvidere, through the city on his way to UMASS Lowell, and along the Merrimack River. He also enjoyed local history, everything World War II, Saturday nights with his family solving the problems of the world over a bottle of wine, and Sunday afternoons watching the Patriots with the best neighbors anyone could ever want. He was a long-time communicant of Holy Family Parish.
Besides his wife of 56 years, he is survived by his daughter, Karen Allen and her husband, Kevin of Cromwell, CT; his daughter, Donna Crowther and her husband, Rich, of Redlands, CA; and his grandchildren, Katherine (Kai) Allen, Mikayla Allen, Carly Crowther and Richie Crowther. He is also survived by his sister, Marylou Malencik, his sister-in-law, Dorothy Evans, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack will always be remembered for his great singing voice, his wacky sense of humor, his big laugh, and his generosity. Always excited to share his knowledge, and recognizing his own good fortune to find passion in his work, Jack’s great hope for his grandchildren was that they learn to live his advice from a favorite Mark Twain quote – “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Family Parish, 30 Grafton St., Lowell, MA 01852 or UTEC, 15 Warren St, Lowell, MA 01852.
The burial will be private. A memorial mass and celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date when his family and friends can gather together safely.
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