John Harold Leavitt III, age 69, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2022, with his loving wife Deborah Leavitt at his side, under the care of Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages, FL. John fought heroically for over 5 years to survive a myriad of health issues.
John is survived by his wife Deborah Leavitt of The Villages, FL; his sister Sandra Estep and her husband Lynn of Webster, NH; brother-in-law Barry Wood and his wife Betty of Webster, NH; stepson Todd Bianchi and his wife Tammy of Odenton, MD; stepdaughter Noël Bianchi Peck and her husband Jamie of Lakewood, Colorado; loving nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father John Harold Leavitt Jr. of Concord, New Hampshire; his mother Kathryn “Jean” Leavitt of Concord, New Hampshire; and his sister Karen Wood of Webster, New Hampshire.
John was born on August 13, 1952, in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, at Barksdale Air Force Base to his parents John H. Leavitt Jr. and Kathryn Jean Leavitt. He graduated from The University of New Hampshire in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing. John spent 25 successful years working as a Hotelier which provided him with the opportunity to travel and see the world, from which he retired from Prime Hospitality as Senior Vice President in 2000. Upon retirement from the Hospitality business he worked as a Real Estate Broker/Manager for 18+ years and most recently with EXIT Neighborhood Realty which enabled him to continue to be a force in the community and meet new people every day. John loved to be involved in community events and was known for being the life of the party.
John was a great family man and loving father. He married the love of his life Deborah “Debbi” Bianchi, of Wayne, New Jersey, in Central Park, NYC in 1996 and opened his heart and home to her two children Todd and Noël. John was instrumental in helping to shape them into the successful adults they are today and loved them as though they were his own. John always made sure that his family was provided the opportunity to live life to the fullest and see the world as they saw fit. He was a very social, active man in the golf community of Crystal Springs Golf Resort, in Hamburg, New Jersey where they lived for 30 years before moving to The Villages, FL in 2020 to retire. John was also very passionate about football and baseball, more specifically The New England Patriots and The Boston Red Sox. His family and friends will always remember him as a larger than life, goofy, fun loving, extremely kind, and generous person. He was wise beyond his years and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
A memorial/luncheon is scheduled in John’s honor on Wednesday February 9, 2022 from 2pm-430pm for friends and neighbors at the Water Lily Recreation center in The Villages, Florida. There will be a celebration of his life for friends and family in Crystal Springs, Hamburg, NJ in May 2022, date to be determined as well as one with family and friends in New Hampshire the weekend of May 21st.