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EFFINGHAM, NH- Prominent Real Estate broker and longtime Beverly resident Ralph L. Leonard Jr. passed away on January 24th at his home in Effingham, N.H. Born to Ralph & Ella Leonard (formerly Trask) of Beverly, he lived in the house his father built in 1923 on the crest of the hill at 206 Bridge St. with his two sisters Joyce & Gwen. He first got involved in Real Estate while still in high school, selling his first house at the age of 16. A graduate of Beverly High School, Ralph went on to Brown University where he received a degree in history. After college he went on to teach for a short while first at a one room school house in rural Vermont, and then in Ipswich, Mass. Thereafter he returned full time to Real Estate with his father where the two of them operated as Ralph L. Leonard & Son out of an office at the front of his childhood home. Once his father retired he moved the office to 118 Bridge St where it operated as Ralph Leonard Associates, Inc. from the mid 1970's until its recent closure in 2016.
Ralph was very active in the community having served on the Greater Salem Board of Realtors, taught Real Estate at Northshore Community College and was a member of the masonic lodge. He was recently honored by the Ryal Side Civic Association serving as Grand Marshall at their annual July 4th parade in 2016. Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill later presented Ralph with a proclamation declaring July 4th, 2016 as Ralph Leonard day in Beverly.
Very well known in the community Ralph touched many lives both professionally and personally In the Real Estate world he was often referred to as "The Legend" while many both inside and outside his business circle simply called him "Uncle Ralph." He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Leonard, sister, Gwen Martin of Fort Myers, Fla.; brother-in-law, Jim Zafris of Newburyport, seven children, eight grandchildren and two great -grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held for Ralph on Saturday, March 3rd at 10 a.m. at the Immanuel Church 140 Bridge St., Beverly. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Ryal Side Civic Association in Ralph's honor.
Published on February 2, 2018
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