Daniel J. Leonard, 60 of Portsmouth, RI passed away unexpectedly on Sunday August 27, 2017.
He was born in North Adams, MA on August 8, 1957, to Anna E. (Silvia) Leonard of Bristol, and the late Ronald S. Leonard.

He graduated from Portsmouth High School and served in the US Navy.

Dan has been employed by Rhode Island Hospital for the past 26 years, and was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local #251, for those 26 years.

He was a car enthusiast who loved attending swap meets with his lifelong friends. His greatest joy was his family, especially his granddaughters.

Daniel is survived by his wife and soulmate for the last 30 years, Karen (Rudasill) Leonard, his two children, Charles I. Silvia and his finance Eleanor of Orwigsburg, PA; JoNell Camara and her husband David of Portsmouth, RI; his two granddaughters Ellenor & Clover; his 2 brothers, Dale R. Leonard and wife Andrea of Bristol R.I.; Don E. Leonard & wife Sherry of Bristol; and one sister Dawn M. Chauvin and her husband Maurice also of Bristol RI.; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his relatives and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, on Friday, September 1, 2017, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

His funeral will take place on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at 10:00am, at the St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Robert Potter League, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840, or to The Autism Project, 1516 Atwood Ave. Johnson, RI 02919.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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