Robert H. Leet


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Ipswich - Robert Henry Leet, 94, loving husband of the late Lorraine D. (Greenleaf) Leet, and father of four, passed away in his home on September 8, 2019.
Robert was born on September 25, 1924, in Ipswich, to Joseph Henry Leet and Marie Anne (Gallant) Leet. He lived in Ipswich all of his life. On May 9, 1954, he married Lorraine D. Greenleaf and they were married for over 50 years, raising three daughters.
During WWII, Robert was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and was a profoundly proud veteran. After graduating from Ipswich High School, he received his degree in Accounting from Bentley College of Accounting and Finance. He served as the Town Accountant in Ipswich for 24 years before retirement. Growing up in his beloved Ipswich, he was a boy scout, worked as a railroad express agent, a pin boy at the local bowling alley, worked at Goodale Apple Orchard, and on Crane's Beach and Castle Hill. Robert was a member of the Special Police Pistol Team, a Past Master of the John T. Heard Lodge of Ipswich, a life-long member of the Scottish Rite, served on the Board of Ipswich Selectmen, and was a member of the Eastern Star.
Robert was an avid beekeeper, gardener, locksmith, golfer and lover of animals both wild and domestic.
Robert is survived by his three daughters, Bonnie H. McGarrell and her husband John McGarrell of Danvers, Cindy M. Whittle and her husband Charlie Whittle of Cape Neddick, Maine, and Laurie A. Silva and her husband Robert Silva of Virginia; 10 grandchildren: Megan Whittle, Marie Donovan, Michelle Corso, Kristin McGarrell, Michael Hiltunen, Jonathan McGarrell, Daniel Whittle, Hannah Silva and Caleb Silva; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, John, at birth; a sister, Evelyn Lucy; and a brother, Roger Leet.
His funeral will be held Friday, September 13, at 10 a.m., in the Whittier-Porter Funeral home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105,, and/or the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit
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Published on September 10, 2019
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Tom Doane
Sep 17, 2019
I am the Commander of the Ipswich CG Auxiliary. We are very sorry for your loss. If it's possible, we would like to share any stories that you might have of Mr. Leet's time as a member of the Auxiliary. My email address is or 978.356.7689