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Leonard J Gordon, 92, (Lefty, LJ) of Quincy and New Jersey, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2017. He was born in Randolph to Paulina Malloch and Darrel Gordon and moved frequently around Cambridge and Everett as a child. He served honorably in the Navy in World War II, then again as he trained radio communications during the Korean War in the Naval Reserves. After his service in WWII, he graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He began work at Watertown Arsenal in a group that later became Lincoln Lab, a research arm of MIT based at Hanscom Field in Lexington, where he remained employed for 45 years. There was always a lunchtime cribbage game waiting in Leonard's lab. He received an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.
Leonard was predeceased by wives Mary Catherine (Yannoni), Nancy (Leone), and Mildred (MacKinnon), stepmother (Mildred Gordon) and is survived by daughter Ellen Gordon Oldfield (Al Cook), dear friend Vera Bernard, step-son Keith MacKinnon (Dianne), brother-in-laws Nino Yannoni (Pam), Ben Leone (Maureen), sister-in-law Phyllie Vankoert (Leo), cousins Linda Albee (Bill), Joan DeGaitas (Nick), stepsisters and many nieces & nephews.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4-7pm at Eaton's Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham MA. Funeral Services will be held at 11am at Eaton's, followed by burial with Military Honors at St. Mary's Cemetery and a reception to follow.
Leonard loved kids, so in lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children at 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114, or to the local Shriners facility of your choice.
Wherever Leonard went, he loved to talk with people and made friends. There was never a stranger, just friends he hadn't met yet.
The family would like to thank the staffs at Morris Hall Meadows House 4 in Lawrenceville, NJ and Brookdale Memory Care in Hamilton, NJ for the wonderful love and care Leonard has received this year and to Mary Lania and the team at Dr. Buckle's office and Beth Israel Deaconness Glover.

Upcoming Funeral Services
Interment with Military Honors

St. Mary's Cemetery

1 Wellesley Ave. Needham, MA 02494
(617) 244-0558