DANIEL M. LEON – October 13, 1967 – September 2, 2020
Daniel M. Leon
Beloved Father and Brother
Nutley Chamber of Commerce President
Daniel M. Leon, 52, of Nutley, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Visitation and a celebration of Dan’s life will be held at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Ave on Wednesday, September 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be a funeral mass celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield on Thursday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. The cremation will be held privately.
Daniel was born in Teaneck and has resided in Nutley for many years. He is a graduate of Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University). He spent most of his years employed in the banking industry but found his true calling in working with students at Eastwick College, Nutley, as the Director of Career Services. He saw promise in every student and was committed to helping them reach their full potential. Dan served as President of the Nutley Chamber of Commerce and was strongly committed to the small businesses in town. Dan also coached the Bogata Baseball Youth Organization, the Fairlawn Youth League, International Youth Leagues and he also coached baseball at Bogata High School.
Daniel is survived by his beloved daughter, Rachel Leon, who is his greatest gift. To say he would go to the ends of the earth for Rachel is an understatement. He is survived by his dear brothers Anthony Leon and his wife Michele (nee Monaco) and Charles (C.B.) Leon and his wife Sandy (nee Bussi). Dan leaves behind a loving “second” family, Ish-Paul and Rose Peres, who were like parents to him; his cherished nieces and nephews Alexa Leon, Anthony and Sophia Leon and Paul-Michael Peres. He is also survived by his dear aunts and uncle Bernadette Ghibesi and Daniel and Gail McNamara and their children and grandchildren. Dan’s former in-laws are also grieving his death: Terence, Barbara, Mark, Kelly, Jamie, Jillian, Daniel, Michael, and Glaucia Kelly. Dan has several beloved Godchildren, who all held a special place in his heart. Dan is survived by his former wife, Maureen Kelly, who he met in college. Dan has a wide circle of friends who he treasured.
Dan is predeceased by his loving parents, Anthony and Rosemary (nee McNamara) Leon, both of whom also passed away too young.
In consideration of COVID-19, Dan would not want to put anyone in harm’s way. If you are not comfortable attending services, the family knows you will be there in spirit.
Dan was one of a kind. A toast for Dan Leon, the richest man in town (from “It’s a Wonderful Life”).
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The Nutley community has been hit exceedingly hard by COVID-19. The Nutley Chamber of Commerce would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives and we pray for the full recovery of those currently battling this horrible virus.
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