Leo J. Conley
Framingham, Mass. — Leo J. Conley, 88, of Framingham, formerly of Belmont, Mass. died in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Marjorie (Hart) Conley; and six children: Michael J. and Amy Conley, Milford N.H., Daniel J. and Ann Minzner Conley, Somerset, N.J., Sheila M. Conley, Orford, N.H., Leo J. Conley, Jr., Belmont, Mass., James P. and Gail Conley, Franklin, Mass., and Jean C. and James Manoli, Natick, Mass.; as well as a brother, Thomas D. Conley, of Clearwater, Fla. Leo also leaves fifteen grandchildren: Seamus, Claire, and Christopher Conley, Brendan and Kathleen Conley, Tyler and Eric Perry, Sarah, Lindsey and Julie Conley, Grace, Erin and William Conley, Rachel and Peter Manoli; and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his siblings, Mark, John, Kathleen Ash, and Joseph.
Mr. Conley was born and raised in Somerville, Mass. to Michael and Josephine (Drew) Conley in 1924, the fourth of six children. He graduated from Boston Trade School as a welder; he worked on battleships at the Boston Naval Ship Yard. He was a decorated war veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as a sergeant and earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in France during World War II.
Mr. Conley graduated from Boston University 1951 and majored in Business; he met his future wife, Marjorie Hart while working at Allis Chalmers in Hartford, Conn. Mr. Conley later worked at PR Mallory and at CMW as a sales engineer in the metallurgy division. He raised his family in Belmont, Mass., where he was a communicant and a member of the parish council at St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the Holy Name Society.
He later retired to Little Compton, R.I. and enjoyed boating/fishing and golfing before moving to Stuart, Fla., where he was an active member of the Monterey Yacht and Country Club community. He resided in Stuart for several years before moving north to Framingham to be with his family during the final months of his illness.
He was honored in April 2011 by the French Foreign Legion as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Also that year he was flown to Washington DC as part of the Honor Flight Program visiting all the World War II monuments.
Mr. Conley will be fondly remembered as an avid golfer and Irish 45 card player, a devout Catholic and a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Calling hours at the Brown and Hickey Funeral Home Belmont, Mass. will be on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Burial arrangements will be private. Mr. Conley will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.