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Richard J. Leslie

January 05, 2018

Richard J. Leslie Peabody - Richard J. Leslie, 71, beloved husband of Nancy (Thyberg) Leslie, died unexpectedly on Saturday evening January 5, 2019, at the Lahey Medical Center Hospital in Peabody.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late John and Catherine (Hourihan) Leslie. He grew up in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He continued his education at Salem State College with a degree in business.

Mr. Leslie was a Director of Human Resources at General Electric in Lynn where he enjoyed at 41-year career, retiring 17 years ago.

Richard was a member of the Salem Moose Lodge, serving as a former Governor and on the Board of Directors. He enjoyed golfing and traveling, especially to Bermuda, and he supported many charities. He was devoted in his Catholic faith, was an Altar Server in his youth at St. Mary’s Church in Lynn and active at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody. He will be remembered as a caring, generous person who was always willing to help others, and as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Nancy (Thyberg) Leslie of Peabody, with whom he shared 56 years of memories together, and 50 years of marriage; a son Michael Leslie and his wife Tennille of Salem; a sister, Norene Donovan of Danvers; three brothers, Jack Leslie of Peabody, Robert Leslie of Beverly, and Charles Leslie of Salem; and several nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Joan Rich.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 10 a.m., from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., in St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit for online obituary or post condolences.
Published on January 9, 2019
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Donna & charlie Sinclair
Jan 13, 2019
Nancy, Charlie & I would like to send our condolences to you and Michael on the passing of Dick. Dick was a great man and highly admired by all who knew him. He was a friend to many and will be missed by all. May he RIP. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Michael as well as the rest Leslie family.
Corrine Breadmore PDGR 09-10
Jan 10, 2019
Brad and Janice Schulte
Jan 10, 2019
So sudden - it was just last week, Dick and I had a few "soda's" together - talked about politics, world events, sports, family, business and we almost came up with a plan for world peace.. I enjoyed our chats - his quick wit and sarcasm.. Lesson for us all - life's too short - it's just too effing short - RIP Sir
Andrew Gori
Jan 09, 2019
When thinking of Dick one key word comes to mind...Loyalty. Over the years in a demanding work environment, I could always count on Dick for a positive approach to a challenging issue laced with a light, upbeat, insightful anecdote.
My sincere condolences to Nancy and family members on my work associate and, more importantly, my friend Dicks passing. He was an approachable, embraceable, and respected businessman, a true leader in the Lynn GE Aviation Plant.
Jane Ann Howlett Turiel
Jan 09, 2019
Michael and Tennille, so very deeply sorry for the sudden loss of your father. I was so glad that I got to meet him at your engagement party. He reminded me of my father. A really great guy that would help anyone in need. I know he was your ROCK. Treasure all the memories that you shared with him and be thankful that you had him as your father. Sending you love and strength to get through this extremely hard time in your life. ❤️ Jane
Shannon St.Pierre
Jan 09, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss Nanc, Dick was such an amazing husband and generous man. My thoughts are with you💜
David and Carolann George
Jan 09, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Nancy and the Leslie family. Dick was such Gentlemen and was loved and respected by all that knew him. We are very blessed to have had him in our lives.
Dick you will be greatly missed, you have earned your wings, Fly high my friend.❤🙏❤
Ken and Mabel Ruce
Jan 09, 2019
Nancy and family. So sorry for your loss. Dick was very special man and I owe much of my career to his willingness to take a chance on a green kid from Cincinnati fresh out of law school. May he rest in eternal peace.
Judy Ferraro
Jan 09, 2019
So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with Dick's family and friends. I will miss him such a wonderful gentleman a pleasure to know him.
Seith & Rachel Bedard
Jan 09, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you strength and prayers.
Dick Michaud
Jan 09, 2019
Dick, you were respected by all employee’s of the Lynn Plant. You defended the Plant and all it’ people.
Rest in piece, we will always remember you.
Eileen Predka
Jan 09, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. God bless.