Leary, Daniel Jr.

Daniel A. Leary Jr., 82, of Farmington, died Monday, October 3rd in Burlington, Connecticut after a brief illness. Dan was born December 5, 1928 in Newark, NJ, son of the late Daniel A. Leary Sr. and Margaret (Barrett) Leary; he grew up in Orange, NJ. He received a BA in Economics from Georgetown University, Washington DC, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. In 1951 he married Elisabeth Mullen in New York, NY, and together they raised four children. They lived in New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut before moving to Morris, CT, in 1969. They were married for 55 years before her death in 2006. Dan began his career with IBM in 1948 before joining the Navy, and later worked for Cities Service (now Citgo). In 1960, he joined the Motorlease Corporation, a fleet management company in Farmington, CT, and in 1976 he became CEO. During his tenure, he helped pioneer the concept of outsourced fleet management for small and mid-sized companies; the company grew remarkably under his leadership and he was recognized as an innovator in his field. He retired in 1993, turning over control to his son, Jack and daughter, Beth, but served on Motorlease’s Board of Directors until his death. He was an active member of the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) throughout his career, and served on its Board of Directors from 1981-1993. He retired to Amelia Island, FL, in 1995, and moved back to Farmington in 2005. In addition to his life’s work, he loved to travel and enjoyed cruising in particular. He traveled extensively in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and the Caribbean, and during his lifetime visited almost every continent. He visited Alaska, and his most recent trip was to Antarctica with his son Dan. He was widely read and an avid student of American history and politics. He was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and rarely missed a game. He took great joy in his family, especially his grandchildren, and his very special dog, Tigger. He was an active supporter of his church, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville, and served as communicant there for many years. He was a true “old-fashioned gentleman,” with a warm, dignified and good-natured spirit, and he will be remembered for his kindness and quiet generosity. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his children Dan and Anne Leary III of East Aurora, NY; Jack Leary of Farmington; daughter-in-law Virginia Leary of Litchfield; Beth and Mike Kandrysawtz of Canton; and Pam Leary and Bob Neal of Burlington; and his grandchildren Dan IV, Meg, Nora, and Conor Leary; Kathy and Eliza Kandrysawtz; and Peter & Julie, Caitlin, Jack and Samantha Turnerhis brothers Barrett Leary of Somers, NY, and Tom Leary of Coronado, CA; and sisters Mary Caroline Clark of Bronxville, NY and Margot Badenhausen of Franklin Lakes, NJ. His family will receive friends Wednesday (Oct. 5) from 5:00-7:00pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Oct. 6) at 9:15am followed by A Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. His family wishes to express their thanks to Gail Rogers of Simsbury for her many years of care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to McLean Hospice Program, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. For online information, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Calling Hours

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 5:00-7:00pm

Funeral Service

Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:00am Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea - Unionville



Memorial Contribution

McLean Hospice Program, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070

3 Responses to 'Leary, Daniel Jr.'

  1. Kitty + Frank Lysiak, Buffalo, NY says:

    Dan, Anne and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

    • Andrieli says:

      It is with such sadness and uoofrpnd respect that we mourn the loss of Dr. Lawson. We loved him dearly and will miss him, his smile, his humor, and always when needed, his insightful advice. Today is my mother Alice’s 89th birthday. We celebrate this day with an extra special reminder for all he has done to assure her a long and happy life. He has been a kind advisor to me over the years, a shoulder to lean on, that has sustained me through many a crisis. His family will have fond memories of a wonderful God-loving father and husband as well.Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his family at such a time of loss.This is just a passage-we will be together again joyously with our Lord one wonderful day and will share Dr. Lawson’s wonderful smile once more!

  2. Lynn McMullin says:

    Dear Beth and family,
    My sympathy for the loss of your father and grandfather. What a wonderful man with such a remarkable legacy, both in the world of business and in the personal realm, as well. I hope that a lifetime of memories of happier times will help to ease your saddness.
    Thinking of you all,

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