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Leonard "Lenny" LoVerde

May 6, 2023

Lenny LoVerdeLeonard "Lenny" LoVerde, 68, was born in Perry, NY June 20, 1954. He established residences in Watertown, NY, Ft. Myers, FL, and Sackets Harbor, NY. He passed away peacefully on May 6, 2023 at  Samaritan Medical Center after a long battle with cancer.

Lenny graduated from Immaculate Heart Central in 1972, continued his education at SUNY Brockport, and earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He had a rewarding 37 year career at St. Francis Xavier School in Ft. Myers, FL as the Physical Education teacher, coach, and Athletic Director, retiring in 2016.

Left to honor and remember him are his brother Casmir R. LoVerde, Mount Morris, NY; sister Angeline Gellert, Dexter, NY; brother-in-law Barry Gellert; niece Jennifer Cook (John); niece Marisa Pitts (Jason); nephew Michael Gellert (Emily); niece Lindsi DeSorrento; nephew Adam LoVerde (Alyssa); and grandniece Riley Gellert.

Beloved family include Cindy Beattie (Bruce); Arthur Sboro (Heather); Marie Barrington (Tom); Cheri Weigle (John); Steven Sboro (Liz); Tony Masiello; Phil LoVerde; Joan McCrone; Robert LoVerde; and many treasured family and friends.

A funeral mass paying tribute to Lenny will be held at St. Anthony's Church on Thursday, May 25, at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Lenny's name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.givenow.lls.org. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#13 Kristen & Kit Bock 2023-05-29 19:02
Saddened to hear of Mr. LoVerde’s passing. When we think of St. Francis we automatically think of him! All three of our children Amy, Maggi, & Elliot had the honor of know him. He was a kind man and always had a smile to greet you. He loved his job and most of all the kids. He definitely made a positive and lasting impact on our kids.
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#12 Helena “Leni” Kuchta 2023-05-28 18:39
Lenny was a gentle giant but the most SPIRITED SFX teacher. He and his family are in the thoughts and prayers of the Kuchta family.
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#11 Laura Boley 2023-05-26 17:05
I have the fondest memories of Mr. Loverde from 8years of St Francis. He was one of the best teachers. He will surely be missed. Prayers to his family.
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#10 Steven Acierno 2023-05-25 23:35
I remember Mr. LoVerde as the best P.E. teacher and soccer coach I ever had! I recall many fond memories of the time I spent with him as a student at SFX and on the soccer team in 8th grade. He will greatly be missed! My condolences to his family, and may the good Lord Jesus be watching over him!
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#9 Amy Cavell 2023-05-24 22:49
I knew him back in elementary and middle school as Coach LoVerde. He was one of the best people I'd ever met. He was always so kind, caring, patient, and full of life! I have so many fond memories of him! I am in another state now and won't be able to make it to his funeral. So please give him one last goodbye for me!
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#8 Jennifer Mitar 2023-05-23 21:17
Mr. LoVerde will be deeply missed. He was wonderful to my family and myself in the 10 years I spent as a student at SFX. From playing numerous sports with him, to him rolling students down the hallways in his green chair.. some of my best memories include him.
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#7 Steve Bedford 2023-05-23 18:09
Lenny was the best! I cannot imagine a world without Lenny in it! He was kind and generous and my best friend. I could share so many stories. He was a legend at St Francis School. Thanks Lenny and God bless you.
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#6 Patricia Goldbach 2023-05-20 07:40
Lenny and I met at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in 1989 and worked together until retirement. Lenny was always kind to me and was a good listener. He could also be a stinker if he wanted to! I will miss you Lenny and I hope you are at peace with the Lord Jesus! Condolences to your family especially Anne!
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#5 Will Gallagher 2023-05-11 15:29
Lenny was my closest friend in high school and college. I have so many memories I couldn’t count them all. We reconnected over the past year and I will cherish the time we had together. When I visited him in the hospital he was always positive and upbeat. He was not going to let this disease get the best of him. He has gone on to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I know I will see him again. Condolences to the family.
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#4 Toni Dier 2023-05-11 08:34
Lenny and I were cousins and friends. It was great to see him at our 50th class reunion. He was all smiles and feeling good. I will miss him. RIP
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