In memory of
Leonard Lee Hearn III
HAMPTON - Leonard Lee Hearn, III passed away peacefully on the afternoon of January 5, 2017. He was 61 years old. Leonard was born on June 15, 1955 to Leonard L. Hearn, Jr. and Nora Lee Hearn in Newport News, VA. He was their only son and their middle child. He was a peninsula resident throughout his lifetime. He attended school in Hampton and started college at TNCC. In his early years as a teenager and young adult, he was a volunteer at Northampton Rescue Squad on Todds Lane in Hampton. His life long dream became a reality when he was hired by the Hampton Fire Department as a professional firefighter. When the Hampton FD began to train firefighters as medics, Leonard was accepted into that program and graduated from the second paramedic class along with several of his long time friends. He worked for most of his paramedic career at Station 9 - Briarfield. To his friends at HFD he was known affectionately as "Leapin Leonard" because he was always the first to jump whenever a call came into the station. It has been said by his fellow firefighters that they always felt great when he was working with them because he was trusted as a partner, and his confidence and skills on a call were top notch. Leonard had a vibrant and outgoing personality. He was a man who never met a stranger. He was incredibly quick witted and humorous and could tell jokes and stories that left you laughing until you cried, and yet you longed for more. Leonard loved animals of all kinds, especially his beloved black cat "Mr. Buddy Blackwell" who no doubt was waiting for him at Heaven's Gate. For quite some time, Leonard has gone to downtown Newport News every morning and fed a feral cat he named "KittyPuss". It did not matter the weather, warm, cold, sunshine, rain; Leonard was there to make sure his cat had something to eat and fresh water to drink. Leonard was a friendly guy who was always willing to lend a hand, even when it meant he might end up needing help himself. He loved to travel and go to new places when he could. He didn't mind taking a trip alone, but with someone along he knew, it was always more fun for him. He traveled to Las Vegas many times and just this past fall went with one of his close friends Mike, who had never flown and never been to Vegas. Leonard would have been a wonderful guide. Leonard had a joking motto that he used often "he wanted it all" and surely attempted throughout his life to get just that. He leaves to cherish his memory, his former wife of 32 years Brenda Hearn of Hampton, their daughter Katie Lynn Hendrix and her significant Keith LaJoie both of Poquoson, his long time friend Nathan Forrest of Poquoson, his two sisters, Nancy West and her husband Ronnie of Franklin and Alison Kenway and her husband Jim of Santee, CA, his close friends Mike and Shannon Braxton, Mark Nixon, and Alan Gardner, and his new found friends of Angelo's Restaurant in Newport News. He has a host of old dear friends of whom the family knows and others that we may never have met. He has numerous family relatives in Smithfield, Williamsburg, Cape Charles, and the Peninsula as well. In our final words remembering Leonard¿ We started on life's journey so many years ago, our lives were fated to begin for only heaven would know, how many stories we all would tell, a lifetime to fulfill, the pages intertwined through time and we've added to them still. Even though you are now gone from us, the journey has not ended. Each one of us who knew you well will travel on alone, but the love, the laughter and the friendship will stay with us within our hearts and keep us all moving on. We will always love and miss you. Goodbye dear friend until we meet again! A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12th from 7pm - 9pm at Parklawn Wood Funeral Home in Hampton. A private burial will be held at a later time with family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make a donation to the local SPCA or the Northampton Fire and Rescue Squad. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.
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