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Funeral held for David Leone, longtime attorney in Arlington

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Longtime Arlington attorney David A. Leone, father of Town Moderator John Leone, died Wednesday, July 18, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 88.

Referred to by many as "The Chief," he was famous for strong opinions and exacting "food rules."

In 1993, he was joined by his son John and later his daughter Suzanne, renaming the law firm Leone & Leone.

Mr. Leone was active in state and local politics, serving as an assistant state attorney general, Arlington Town Meeting member and chairman of the Arlington Planning Board. Among the accomplishments was passage of the Arlington Sign Control Bylaw, which eliminated billboards and excessive signs -- one of the first municipalities to do so.

He was a longstanding member of the Arlington Lodge of the Sons of Italy, leading the construction of a new lodge and sizable function hall, which opened in 1972. The hall became a community fixture, hosting numerous social events over decades. He remained active in the lodge throughout his life, serving as president and managing the business affairs of the function hall throughout.

In addition to community service, his passions included dining out, entertaining large extended family gatherings and traveling.

Mr. Leone was among those present last March, when the Chamber of Commerce honored John as its Citizen of the Year

Born Jan. 16, 1930, in Boston's North End to Angelo and Maria (Scarola) Leone, he graduated from Boston English High School (1947) and Syracuse University (1952), where he met his future wife, Lorna Bramley.

They were wed in June 1953 while he served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, they settled in Arlington. He attended the New England School of Law, beginning his practice in Boston before relocating to Arlington.

Growing up above his parent's grocery store in Boston's West End, he developed a lifelong appreciation for quality food and inspired cooking. He enjoyed seeking out restaurants of all variety and loved entertaining groups large and small at home, with the irreplaceable Lorna.

His title, "The Chief," and his "food rules" meant Sunday dinners for family and friends were rarely canceled.

Mr. Leone and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially to annual reunions with Syracuse classmates to watch SU football games around the country. In later years, they toured Europe, in particular Italy's Amalfi coast and Venice.

He maintained a lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church and St. Agnes Parish, Arlington. For more than 60 years, he was a fixture at the noon Mass, serving as usher.

An obituary from the DeVito Funeral Home, lists details and these survivors -- his wife, Lorna; son's David Jr. and his wife, Denise; Robert and his wife, Adrian; John and his wife, Pauline, and daughters Adrienne, Suzanne Lindner and her husband, John, and Madeline Moffett and her husband, Michael.

He is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Matthew Leone, Amanda Leone, Julia Leone, Sophia Leone, Micaela Leone, Laura Leone, Christopher Rockwell, Patrick Kermond, Alex Kermond, William Kermond, Mirabel Kermond, Benjamin Lindner, Sarah Lindner, and Michael Moffett. He is predeceased by grandson Paul John Leone.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, July 22, from 2 to 7 p.m., at the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass. Ave.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church on Monday, July 23, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Leone's name to St. Agnes Parish and the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.

The family expressed special thanks to Parmenter Hospice for the excellent and compassionate care they provided. 

This news announcement was published Friday, July 20, 2018.

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