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Leonardo de Andrade
Leonardo de Andrade, 83, of Gardner, died peacefully, Sunday, November 1, 2020, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.
Leonardo was born on July 16, 1937, the son of Francisco and Costodia de Andrade, in Companairo, Madeira, Portugal. He loved the island of Madeira with all of his heart and soul and enjoyed showing his children and grandchildren that were able to travel to the island his homeland.
He left the island of Madeira in his late teens and moved to Caracas, Venezuela where many of his siblings, cousins, and other family members had emigrated. He spent almost twenty years in Venezuela, the last two of those with his wife, Maria de Conceicao. They started their family and life journey together there although they knew each other as neighbors back in Madeira. In Venezuela, the oldest child was born. The de Andrade family moved back to Portugal in 1970 where three additional children were born until the family moved to Gardner, Massachusetts, in 1974, where the last of their five children was born.
Leonardo was a man of many trades. He was a business owner, a property owner, a self-taught plumber, electrician, and carpenter. Upon moving to Gardner, Leonardo worked at Nichols & Stone for several years. He owned property in downtown Gardner and was loved by his many tenants over the last 46 years.
He leaves behind his wife, Maria de Conceicao, of 52-years; daughter Alcira, her husband Alan, and two children, Antonia and Joseph of Gardner; daughter Elizabete, her partner, Bill, and two children, Alyssa and Alex of Derry, NH; son, William of Gardner; daughter, Virgilia, her husband Bill and three children, Courtney, Emma and Jacob of Winchendon; son Peter of South Boston.; sister, Natividad of Caracas, Venezuela; many nieces, nephews, and cousins here in the United States as well as around the globe. He was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020 with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA.
A Calling Hour will be private.
Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Please reference in memory of Leonardo de Andrade.
Leonardo’s wife and children send their utmost appreciation to the staff at Henry Heywood Hospital whose compassion for our family and care for Leonardo helped tremendously during this difficult time.
Aloha from Hawaii. My condolences to your entire family. I am writing to you as I am Puanani Andrade Kahaulelio. I am 48 years old Hawaiian/ Portuguese born and raised to Hawaii. My grandmother is Mary Maxine Soares Andrade she is alive and was born 09/21/1938. Her grandfather Manuel Soares Andrade Sr. came from Madeira Portugal to Hawaii many many years ago and married a beautiful Hawaiian woman.
She has mentioned to me that our name was de Andrade. However, when papa arrived to Hawaii the \"de\" was dropped from our name. I came across your fathers obituary and was moved and I had to write to say ALOHA from Hawaii.
Puanani Andrade Kahaulelio Mar 13 2022 6:36 PM
Sorry for your loss he will be missed. Very kind man always welcoming everyone. He will always remain close in our hearts prayers to get through this difficult time the Butlers
Mickey Butler Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the de Andrade family for the loss of Leonardo. I remember when you first came to live in Gardner and when I took Peter's christening photos in 1974. You have always been a wonderful family and a tribute to the love and life of Leonardo.
Mary Pisaruk Lyons
Mary Lyons Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM
Thanks, Shelley! Love you to the moon.
Peter Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM
Ill always remember Leonardo (Mr. de Andrade to me!) as so welcoming any time I was at his home, which was ALOT as a child growing up in South Gardner. He was always smiling and laughing and never hesitated to say hi to me. He also watched some Spanish tv and I can still picture him sitting in his chair doing just that! Hugs to all of you who are family to me.
Shelley Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM