Robert Jay Leach

Robert Jay Leach, 86 of Danbury, died on Friday, April 23, 2010 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of the late Helen (Joyce) Leach who he married in 1942 and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary before she passed.

He was born in Danbury, July 11, 1923, son of the late Ernest and Clara (Bleh) Leach.  He attended Danbury schools and graduated from Danbury High School in the Class of 1942.

Robert is survived by his son, Gary R. Leach and his wife, Jill of Danbury; his daughter, Donna N. Devine and her husband, William of Wilmington, NC; one sister, Dorothy Drumm of Danbury; cousins, Dorothy Boyer and Floyd Leach of Danbury; a sister-in-law, Agnes Betty Trimpert and her husband, William of Danbury; five grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his life-long friend, Virginia Ciccarone; several nieces and nephews and his caregiver "Big Buddy", Blessed.

Robert worked for the Harry McLachlan and Emerson Hat Companies. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army serving in WWII and served in the China-Burma-India Theatre until his discharge as a Tech Sergeant in 1945. After he returned to Danbury, he worked for Bullard Machine Tool Company.  In 1954, he joined the Masonic Order where he became Master of the Lodge, later becoming District Deputy with the Grand Lodge of Connecticut.  In 1962 he joined the Allstate Insurance Company from which he retired in 1986.

As a hobby, he became interested in auto racing. He and Gary began racing go-carts and formed G&R Racing (Gary & Robert Racing). Six years later, they began racing Nascar SK-Modifieds. Robert spent many memorable moments with his son, Gary and his grandson Scott and team. They continued racing for about 10 years and auto racing centered throughout the rest of his life.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury with the Rev. Mark Nordskog, Senior Pastor of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Brookfield, officiating.

Burial will take place in Mountainview Cemetery, New Fairfield at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Tuesday evening after 5PM.

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