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Leon Otis Berard
  • April 11, 1937
  • -
  • March 13, 2022

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Leon Otis Berard passed away peacefully on March 13, 2022 at Advent Health in New Smyrna Beach, Florida surrounded by his loving family.  Leon was born April 11, 1937 in Willimantic, Connecticut and was the son of the late Yvonne (Lussier) & Otis Berard.

He is predeceased by his brother Robert Berard, sister Loraine Berard Pepin and brother Norman Berard.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian Luthi Berard, his children John Berard and wife Laurie of Hampton, CT, Michael Berard and wife Brenda of Colchester, CT and Jackie Berard Moffitt and husband Milton of Scotland, CT. As well as eight grandchildren; Ashley Moffitt Chaudhry and her husband Al, Brittany Berard Gercken, Jake Berard, Kasey Moffitt, Stephanie Berard Carter and husband Sam,Jordan Moffitt and wife Vanessa, Zachary Berard and Olivia Berard. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Leon attended St. Mary’s school in Willimantic, CT and graduated from Windham Regional Technical School Willimantic, CT in 1955.  He served his country in the US Army from 1955-1962 and then went on to establish Berard Builders in Hampton, CT, a company he retired from in 1998.  Leon married Lillian Luthi, of Coventry, CT, on November 21, 1959.

Leon was a life member of both the Hampton Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Hampton-Chaplin Ambulance Corp, and held many offices in each organization.  For many years he attended and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hampton, CT.  He also served his community on the Hampton Zoning Board and Hampton Building Board of Appeals.  As a volunteer, Leon worked with Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT and later, after retiring to Florida, with Port Orange Florida Family Days Community Trust.  He was also active with his wife Lillian in volunteering with Children’s Miracle Network, American Cancer Society and Wal-Mart Super Center #582 activities.

A celebration of Leon’s life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 1:00, at Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach, 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32169.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon.


Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach
1 N Causeway

Date & Time:
March 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM



Visitation

Times:
March 26, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Location:
Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach Chapel
1 N Causeway


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  1. Bill and Ruth Dinenno says:
    26 Mar 2022
    John and Family. Very sorry to hear of your dads passing, thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  2. Kevin Robinson says:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lil, you and Leon are like a second family to me. I always enjoyed Leon’s opinions on Walmart, politics and life. I will always remember his sneaky tactics on doing things without you knowing. But, I believe you knew about them and let him do them anyway! Love, Kevin

  3. Lynn lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:47:14 PM

  4. Tammy lit a candle:
    23 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 23, 2022 at 3:57:50 PM

  5. Linda & Allan Liberator says:
    22 Mar 2022
    Our thought and prayers are with the Berard family. I will fondly remember having the pleasure of meeting Mr. Berard during a visit he and Mrs. Berard made to Connecticut.
    Linda & Allan Liberator

  6. Amy lit a candle:
    22 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 22, 2022 at 3:11:40 AM

  7. Jeannie says:
    17 Mar 2022
    Leon, you were one of a kind! You will never know low much you and Lil have meant to me. You’re stories were amazing, the details you remember, your knowledge and wit always kept us in awe of you! Once again I say, it was an honor and a pleasure to know and love you and I promise we will be there for Lil for the rest of our lives! See you on the other side! ❤️

  8. Paul, Pam, Jack, and Mikey Rodriguez lit a candle:
    17 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 17, 2022 at 3:30:56 AM

  9. Paul, Pam, Jack, and Mikey Rodriguez says:
    17 Mar 2022
    Words can not express how much we will miss Mr. B. He was a wonderful man and will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. Our sincerest condolences to Mrs. B and all the wonderful family.

  10. carol kilburn says:
    17 Mar 2022
    Dear Berard Family--So sorry to hear of Leons passing--we are thinking of all of you at this difficult time--The Kilburn Family--Jim, Carol, James and Jenny and Josephine Dauphin.

  11. Carol kilburn says:
    17 Mar 2022
    To the Berard family our deepest sympathy to the entire family Leon will be missed and remembered by the Hampton community. Our sincere sympathy Jim, Carol ,and James Kilburn

  12. Vzrq says:
    17 Mar 2022
    Dear Berard family Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Berard family, Leon was such a special part of Hampton and our little red house that he built back in the 60s he will be missed by Hampton community The Kilburn family

  13. Dale M DeMontigny says:
    16 Mar 2022
    Lillian and family. We were saddened to hear of Leon's passing. Our sympathy and prayers to you and the family.

  14. Tumel’s says:
    16 Mar 2022
    Mrs. Berard, John, Laurie, Mike, Brenda, Jackie & Milton and the entire Berard family..
    We were so saddened to hear of Mr. Berard. He was such a huge part of Hampton for so many years, and will always be remembered fondly. Please know that our hearts are with you through this difficult time.
    Sending you all lots of hugs,
    Gary, Judy & Aaron Tumel

  15. Linda Card says:
    16 Mar 2022
    Sistie, so sorry to hear about Leon passing. We are keeping you and the family in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

    Love Linda and Bill

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