February 14, 1952-December 8, 2019
Danielson – Leonard P. Dexter, aka “Jenny,” 67, of Mason St., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was the loving husband of Rita (Lupien) Dexter. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Stephen and Claire (Fortin) Dexter.
Leonard worked as a maintenance mechanic for Frito-Lay while also going to school at H.H. Ellis Tech as a post grad for electrical and then went on to New England Institute of Technology receiving his associate’s degree in Electronic Technology. He retired from Frito-Lay after 33 years. He was a musician who enjoyed playing the bass guitar and had a band in the late 70’s, early 80’s called “Blu Shag.” He spent his time enjoying photography, playing cards and pool, building things, working around the house, and lending a helping hand anytime it was needed. He was an avid softball player in his younger days and enjoyed playing with his uncle Jerry “Foxy” Fortin; people still talk about how special he was on and off the field.
Mr. Dexter was a Vietnam Veteran and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/DVC 60, 2 O/S Bars, Army Commendation Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle M-16), and Expert (Rifle M-14).
In addition to his wife of 41 years, Leonard is survived by his son, Tyler Dexter; his daughter, Lindsey Smith; his brothers, Raymond Dexter and James and wife Kathy Dexter; and sister, Lucille Benson; his brothers in-law, Roland Lupien, John Lupien, Richard Lupien, Joseph Lupien, Marc Lupien, and Donald Egan; and his sister in-law, Marie Chapdelaine. He was loved by many, Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Leonard was predeceased by his brother Donald, two sisters Linda and Jeanne, two halfsisters, Marie and Michelle.
Services have been omitted and arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made to Day Kimball Hospice Care, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT. 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.