SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Leslie A. Newman, 72, passed away Friday morning, April 12, 2019 at the Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. He was born March 16, 1947 in Springfield, Mass., the son of Ashton and Doris (Jenks) Newman. He attended Springfield, Vt. schools and graduated from Springfield High School.
He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era on the Naval Aircraft Carrier USS Essex.
On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Linda Beebe in Springfield, Vt. They lived in the Springfield, Vt. area for several years, moving to Connecticut in 1982 where they have resided since. Leslie worked as a retail manager in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, most recently retiring from furniture sales in Connecticut. He enjoyed playing golf, woodworking in his shop, NASCAR racing, and local racing. He enjoyed fishing and loved gardening.
He is survived by his wife Linda of Bloomfield, Conn., son Michael D. Newman of Manchester, Conn., brother Brian Newman and sister-in-law Terry of Cornish, N.H., sister-in-law Joan and brother-in-law Bob of Port Orange, Fla., sister-in-law Ellen Laflamme of North Springfield, Vt., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to your local Veterans Administration Medical Center; to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517; or to American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451.
Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.