Steven R. Leardi, 66, a longtime resident of Garrison, died at his home on Sept. 14, 2019, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Peekskill on Dec. 24, 1952, the son of John and Joan (Barnes) Leardi. After graduating from Lakeland High School, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Steve was a site and utilities excavation contractor and real-estate entrepreneur, with an office in Putnam Valley.
In addition, he was a life member and past president of the Christopher Columbus Society of Peekskill, a former board member and past commodore of the Garrison Yacht Club, a member of the Willow Wood trapshooting club in Mahopac, and a member of Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring. He was also a football coach with the Cortlandt Youth Football League for 20 years.
His family said Steve was “all in” in everything he did — sailing, boating, cars, painting, shooting, golf, fly-fishing, model trains, gardening, raising chickens and beekeeping. They said his family always came first, with his friends never far behind, and that he both the life of the party, and the first person you would call in a time of need.
Steve is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly (Freeman) Leardi; and his children: John Leardi (Kathy) of Freehold, New Jersey, Steven “Odie” Leardi (Tricia) of Garrison and Sandra Murphy (Robert) of Garrison; and seven grandchildren, Steven and John Leardi of Freehold, Ariana and Francesca Leardi of Garrison, and Morgan, Robert (Trey) and Julia Murphy of Garrison. He also is survived by two sisters, Lisa Leardi-Lake of Peekskill and Lois Leardi of Cortlandt Manor.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, 414 Washington St., in Peekskill. A funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Loretto, with interment to follow at Cold Spring Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Calvary Fund (calvaryhospital.org).
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