Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT


Leonard A. Riccio

July 11, 1942September 26, 2019

Leonard A. Riccio, 77 of East Hartford, CT passed peacefully Thursday, September 26th 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born on July 11th 1942 in Hartford, CT, Leonard was the son of the late Dominic and Camilla (Notarfrancesco) Riccio and a resident of East Hartford for over 50 years. Educated in Hartford, he graduated from Eli Whitney Technical School and served in the United States National Guard. Following his enlistment in the military, Leonard worked for 28 years at Connecticut Natural Gas until his retirement. He enjoyed bowling and woodworking projects and was meticulous in everything he did. Besides his parents, Leonard was predeceased by his beloved wife, Beverly Cherwinski Riccio and their adored dogs Muffin, Buttons and Teddy. He is survived by his cousins, Alice Hickey, James and Maryann Coleman, Anthony and Claire DeMaio, Joseph Riccio, and Leonard Riccio. A special thank you to his guardian angel who has been with him through it all. Calling hours will be held at Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford on Monday, October 7th from 9-10:30am. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated after calling hours at 11am at St. Mary Church, 15 Maplewood Ave, East Hartford. Burial will follow at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Grove Rd., Bloomfield, CT.


  • Domonic Riccio, Father (deceased)
  • Camilla (Notarfrancesco) Riccio, Mother (deceased)
  • Beverly Cherwinkski Riccio, Wife (deceased)
  • Alice Hickey, Cousin
  • James Coleman, Cousin
  • Maryann Coleman, Cousin
  • Anthony DeMaio, Cousin
  • Claire DeMaio, Cousin
  • Joseph Riccio, Cousin
  • Leonard Riccio, Cousin
  • And many cherished friends


  • Funeral Home Service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Funeral Liturgy Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Burial Monday, October 7, 2019


Leonard A. Riccio

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Louise Lynch

October 3, 2019

Lenny was a genuine people person who always wanted to help others. He was a warm, kind, generous man who loved all children, and the world needs more people like Lenny. I’m grateful and thankful to Tony and Claire for all they’ve done to help Lenny. He’s at peace now, and I will always remember him.

joseph Riccio

October 1, 2019

lenny was there for me.when my sister died,he was always available when you needed him