Leonard DePalma

April 7, 1931March 14, 2019

Leonard “Red” John DePalma 87, of Brookfield, CT, passed away peacefully on March 14,2019 in Bethel, CT. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Keane) DePalma.

Red was born in Danbury, CT on April 7, 1931. He was the oldest son of the late Nicholas DePalma and Elizabeth Renner DePalma. Red attended Danbury High School and served in the U.S. Navy.

After Red’s service to our country, he worked at his family’s plumbing and heating business, “DePalma Brothers” until he opened and operated his own realty company L. J. DePalma Realty, which he operated until his retirement.

Red spent his retirement playing golf with his dear friends and colleagues at Richter Park. He and his lovely departed wife, Shirley, spent many joyful years of marriage and enjoyed their retirement spending winters in Florida and returning home to 5 Douglas Drive, Brookfield, CT

Red is survived by several nephews and a niece: Denise DePalma, Richard DePalma, Robert DePalma, Carol Giglio, and Peter and Josie Ceulemans.

Besides his wife and parents, Red was predeceased by his brother, Richard F DePalma. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Marguerite Church, Brookfield, with the Rev. Shawn W. Cutler, Pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

Friends may pay their respects to the family one half hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Red’s memory may be made to the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Suite 4B, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06489.

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  • Visitation Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, March 18, 2019

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Lorraine DePalma

March 19, 2019

Dear Uncle Red,
I have very fond memories of you at hunting camp and lots of laughter on a day trip or two to Monticello.
You are with the “family” now at peace and I hold you dearly in my heart. Hopefully you have found the “Fairway of your dreams”.
Condolences and heart felt sympathy to ALL of the DePalma’s
Love you all,