Leonard E. Phoenix, Sr.


Leonard E. Phoenix, Sr. 86, passed away at his home on January 5, 2020 in the loving arms of his wife, Beverly and surrounded by his family, listening to some of his favorite music, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly.

Leonard was born in Cohoes, NY on June 25, 1933, the son of Edward and Cora Pelletier (Pelkey) Phoenix. He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War in the 145th Infantry Division from 1951-54, serving on the front line in Korea. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, a Bronze Star, and Good Conduct Medal and a Sharpshooter Award.

Leonard was employed for close to 40 years by Marvin Millwork in Watervliet and Ellenville, NY. He was a former member of the Round Lake Hose Company and was the First Assistant Chief. He was also a member of American Legion Post 1450 in Halfmoon.

Leonard lived a long and happy life. He often spoke of his happy childhood and being raised by two wonderful loving parents. Len valued his family above all. His life was spent working at a job that he liked, camping, fishing, golfing, bowling, gardening, all of which included his wife, kids, and grandkids. He spent many retirement years as a Florida snowbird and enjoyed that, too. He loved his life, his family, his job and his pets. You cannot ask much more out of life than this. He considered himself a lucky man, but we his family were the lucky ones.

He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Cora Phoenix, his brothers Edward, Raymond, Ross and Harold Phoenix, his sisters Jeannette Coutu and Hazel Glynn, and his son in law John Shafts, Sr.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 64 years Beverly Bessette Phoenix and his children, Leonard Phoenix (Debbie) of Ballston Spa, Laurel Christopher (Ross) of Halfmoon and Lisa Shafts of Round Lake; grandchildren Jennifer Wright (Les), Leonard Phoenix (Jennifer), Lisa Christopher, Matthew Christopher (Katie Dobbins), John Shafts (Marissa) and Chelsea Shafts; seven precious great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 8 from 10am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at Noon. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Leonard may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Guest Book

Rick Cooper

Just found out. Sorry no one tells me anything any more. Sorry to hear about you're loss.
He sounds like he lived a good life. Please pass this on to the family members.

Kathy Phoenix

Condolences to the family. My father George and your Dad worked together for those 40 years, and they made many friends and lasting memories. Work ethic was something known to that generation. Now they are up there thinking about the next great project. (and yes, somehow we are related as am married to a Phoenix)

Dave DeSormeau

So sorry for your loss

Chuck Nessle

So sorry for your loss!

Debbie Phoenix

He was a wonderful father in law who was loved and will be missed....
I really enjoyed all years we all camped and fished. Memories are forever!!!

Nancy Ruggles Bell

So sorry for your loss- my thoughts and prayers are sent to you all

Butch Glynn

I remember Uncle Len when I was in high school. He was big, strong and nice. He was the man we all wanted to grow up to be.

Karen Stmartin

So sorry for your loss. I express my deepest sympathy for your whole family.

Ann Cooper

Prayers and hugs to the Phoenix family. He will be greatly missed.

Carol Brown Mercier

My condolences to your family on the passing of Len. I hope your loving memories of him help you through this difficult time.

Kevin Bessette

Always loved those fishing days on Lake Champlain.