Leah L. McCleary

April 26, 1909May 21, 2012

Leah Lorraine (Cormier) McCleary passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012, after a short stay at Portsmouth Regional Hospital following a sudden illness at the age of 103. Leah, one of nine siblings, was born on April 26, 1909 in New Brunswick Canada, and moved with her parents to Rumford, Maine, when she was 5 years old. There she eventually met and married her late husband, Henry A. McCleary and had two sons, Richard and Henry. In 2005, Leah moved from Rumford to Portsmouth, NH, to be closer to her sons and their families. As in she had always done in Rumford, Leah continued to assert her independent spirit while living in Portsmouth in her own apartment. With her generosity of spirit, Leah continued to be a light and an anchor to her family and friends until the time of her passing, which she also greeted with dignity and joy. Having fully lived and experienced firsthand the many awesome as well as a few saddening events of the last century, Leah has left her own legacy through devoted family. Leah leaves behind her son, Richard J. McCleary, and his wife Vera. She was predeceased by her son, Henry A. McCleary, but has continued her close and loving relationship with Henry's wife, Cecile. Leah also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by 8 siblings. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the New Hampshire Catholic Charities, PO Box 686, Manchester, NH 03105, or to the Maine Catholic Charities, at Catholic Charities Development Office, PO Box 11559, Portland, Maine 04104.


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Patricia Cunningham

December 25, 2012

With love and prayers

Roger McCleary

May 29, 2012

My family is sorry for your loss. My father, James McCleary is the son of Harry brother James P McCleary. I only recently learned he had an aunt living in Portsmouth when I asked about family history. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to meet her.

Elena (McCleary) Pomroy

May 28, 2012

Thank you all for the expressed condolences. My grandmother was an amazingly special loving woman who taught us all about the power of a positive attitude, good humor, and trust in god in everyday life. Her spirit will live in everyone that she touched so dearly.

(Her birth year should have read 1909 - she did indeed celebrate her 103 birthday in April with cake, pie and family...all of which she loved so much!)

Art Gagnon

May 25, 2012

I remember Leah, she was a very good friend of my mother, their conversations used to slide back and forth between French and English. She was a very kind lady, I'm sure she will be missed. My condolense to her family..

May 25, 2012

Condolences to Aunt Leah's family........From Gilbert j.Richard and wife.(son of Amanda Cormier Richard and Bliss Richard. Tuckerton,N.J.

Steve Richard

May 25, 2012

I Steve Richard send my condolense to Leah's family, as grandson to Amanda Cormier (Leah 's sister). Thank you for the posting of the pictures of the Comier family. My father Victor Richard, son of Amanda who still resides in Rumford is planning on attending the funeral.