John J Leahy

March 17, 1958April 13, 2019

John J. Leahy of Boston passed away on April 13, 2019 surrounded by his family. Born in Melrose, John graduated from Malden Catholic High School and received a BA from Merrimack College and an MBA from Boston College. At Merrimack College, he met his loving wife of 35 years, Cynthia L. Leahy.

John’s accomplishments were many. After beginning his career at Pepsico where he spent 17 years, he went on to serve as Chief Financial Officer for companies in a variety of industries, from education to family care to robotics. Above all, he was an exceptional husband and father to his three daughters.

John is the son of the Rosemary (Connolly) Leahy and the late James M. Leahy. John is the proud father of Kate L. Stoddard and her husband Jamie M. Stoddard of Boston, Carly A. Leahy and her husband-to-be Charlie P. Harrington of San Francisco, and Ellie R. Leahy of Boston; and the grandad of Monte Stoddard.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Wednesday April 17th at 11AM at St. Cecilia’s Church, 18 Belvidere St., Boston. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in John’s memory to advance neuro-oncology research at MGH though the John and Cyndy Leahy Fellowship Fund. Checks can be addressed to MGH, Attn: Heidi Bergmeyer, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019

John J Leahy

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Ed Goldfinger

April 17, 2019

To Cyndy and the Leahy family. I am so deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. He had a huge positive impact on my career and was a role model and mentor to me over the many years of our knowing each other. More than that he was a good friend who I could talk to about anything. He had a way of listening that made you want to tell him whatever was on your mind. My heart goes out to you and is with you at this time of great loss.

Kara Berry

April 16, 2019

Cynthia , Katie , Carly and Ellie,
Our family sends our most sincere sympathy to you all. What a terrible loss and such a terrific man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
With Love.