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David Michael Leeman
  • July 02, 1955
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  • July 09, 2020

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David Michael Leeman passed away on July 9, 2020, a week after his 65th birthday, in Saint Cloud, Florida. Born in 1955 in Georgia to Kenneth Barker Leeman and Irene Blume Leeman, he spent much of his life in Westwood and Emerson New Jersey, before moving to Harmony, Florida in 2004.

Dave, as most knew him, served in the Navy after some college, and worked in several industries over his working life, including building, printing, and information technology. He was an avid reader and gamer, particularly enjoying a variety of board and card games, especially Advanced Squad Leader. Dave was a fan of old movies, science fiction, and had read widely about World War II. In youth, he played basketball often with his brothers, and continued playing “pick-up games” until his knees no longer cooperated. One of Dave’s favorite activities was singing in church choir, which he started in his teens and continued until shortly before his passing.

He was an animal lover and rescued many a stray dog as well as other animals and was very devoted to his own dogs and horses. He loved introducing other people to the horses, especially children, and sharing their special wisdom and energy. Dave was someone who spoke his mind, a trait that many people have said they admired about him. He had a wonderful and active sense of humor that brought levity to almost any situation.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Kerul Kassel, his sister Lucille Connolly, brother Ken and his wife Barbara, brother Dennis and his wife Patti, brother James and his wife Barbara, as well as nieces and nephews Jeanine, Renee, Megan, Joe, Katyi, Chris, and Matthew, and 7 grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by his beloved dogs Violet and Serafina, and his horses Goldilocks, Dakota, Kody, and Tuck.

Two memorial services will be held, one in Harmony, Florida, the other in Paramus, New Jersey, after the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Donations may be made to First Nature Foundation (www.FirstNatureFoundation.org) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org).


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  1. 09 Sep 2020
    Nonet family says:
    Dear kerul, we are so sorry for your loss...
    We hope brighter days are on their way.
    Much love from France...

  2. 07 Sep 2020
    Ellen D’Ovidio says:
    Dear Kerul- I loved seeing the collection of photos you shared.I did not know Dave so they gave me a glimpse of his life and the love you both shared. I am so sorry your time together was cut short. Know my heart and prayers are with you as you mourn his passing.

  3. 06 Sep 2020
    Rashida Tewarson says:
    Kerul,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you. I wish you all the strength in the coming days

    Be blessed and stay well and safe.
    Rashida Tewarson

  4. 06 Sep 2020
    Jomarie@jomariedegioia.com lit a candle:
    Lit since September 6, 2020 at 9:34:56 AM

  5. 05 Sep 2020
    The Graefs lit a candle:
    Lit since September 5, 2020 at 9:04:23 AM

  6. 03 Sep 2020
    Christal McTavish lit a candle:
    Lit since September 3, 2020 at 9:51:50 PM

  7. 03 Sep 2020
    Joel Braverman says:
    Enjoyed our Met discussions—Tom Seaver joined you as well

    RIP

  8. 02 Sep 2020
    Jennifer Major says:
    Kerul and family,
    Our deepest condolences. Dave is missed by so many of us. The opportunity you both gave Lauren with the horses will always be cherished! Praying for your continued strength in this difficult time.

  9. 01 Sep 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    So very fond of dogs
    So very fond of dogs

  10. 01 Sep 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave with Mimi and Findlay
    Dave with Mimi and Findlay

  11. 01 Sep 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Bareback on a pedestal.
    Bareback on a pedestal.

  12. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Waving “Hi”
    Waving “Hi”

  13. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave and Darla
    Dave and Darla

  14. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    At Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy
    At Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy

  15. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    On our honeymoon
    On our honeymoon

  16. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave loved dogs, even on our honeymoon in Italy
    Dave loved dogs, even on our honeymoon in Italy

  17. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:


  18. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave and niece Megan
    Dave and niece Megan

  19. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Wedding kiss
    Wedding kiss

  20. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Favorite Wedding shot
    Favorite Wedding shot

  21. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Ahoy, matey. Dave and Lester.
    Ahoy, matey. Dave and Lester.

  22. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave loves kids.
    Dave loves kids.

  23. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave loved letting kids enjoy the horses.
    Dave loved letting kids enjoy the horses.

  24. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave loved playing cello for trick or treaters on Halloween.
    Dave loved playing cello for trick or treaters on Halloween.

  25. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave at the dog park
    Dave at the dog park

  26. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    One of Dave’s favorite pictures of himself. Art by professional body painter Susan McNeely
    One of Dave’s favorite pictures of himself. Art by professional body painter Susan McNeely

  27. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    As pirates on the only cruise we ever took together.
    As pirates on the only cruise we ever took together.

  28. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave and Katyi, his niece and goddaughter.
    Dave and Katyi, his niece and goddaughter.

  29. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave and his siblings. Can you guess which one he is?(Hint:  He was an affectionate guy ).
    Dave and his siblings. Can you guess which one he is?(Hint: He was an affectionate guy ).

  30. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Junior Submariner Dave.
    Junior Submariner Dave.

  31. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave in the US Navy on his aircraft carrier tower
    Dave in the US Navy on his aircraft carrier tower

  32. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Church photo of Dave
    Church photo of Dave

  33. 30 Aug 2020
    KERUL KASSEL posted an image:
    Dave and Janey
    Dave and Janey

  34. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Goldi in the sun
    Dave and Goldi in the sun

  35. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Goldi in a round pen
    Dave and Goldi in a round pen

  36. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Goldi
    Dave and Goldi

  37. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Kerul with Goldi and Venus 2008
    Dave and Kerul with Goldi and Venus 2008

  38. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Kerul and Dave in Harmony, 2006
    Kerul and Dave in Harmony, 2006

  39. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Kerul and Dave as pirates on a Disney cruise
    Kerul and Dave as pirates on a Disney cruise

  40. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave with Gracie and her littermates (what joy!)
    Dave with Gracie and her littermates (what joy!)

  41. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Gracie as a puppy in the Catskills
    Dave and Gracie as a puppy in the Catskills

  42. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Janey at Halloween
    Dave and Janey at Halloween

  43. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Gracie
    Dave and Gracie

  44. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Gracie at her first Christmas (2003)
    Dave and Gracie at her first Christmas (2003)

  45. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Gracie on her first birthday (2004)
    Dave and Gracie on her first birthday (2004)

  46. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and dear Gracie
    Dave and dear Gracie

  47. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave with Goldi having fun
    Dave with Goldi having fun

  48. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Goldi in 2009
    Dave and Goldi in 2009

  49. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Goldi on a ride
    Dave and Goldi on a ride

  50. 28 Aug 2020
    Kerul Kassel posted an image:
    Dave and Kerul's 20th anniversary trip
    Dave and Kerul's 20th anniversary trip

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