Leonard Cardillo

Leonard J. Cardillo

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Leonard J Cardillo, age 71, passed away on June 17th after a courageous fight with uveal cancer.

Len was born March 18th, 1948 in White Plains, N.Y. to Joseph L. Cardillo and Angelina (nee) Grimaldi. He was long-time resident of Tarrytown, N.Y. and is survived by his wife and best friend, Rosanne (Breitbach) Cardillo from Independence, Iowa, whom he cherished and spent his life’s adventures for 46 years.

Len was the oldest of eight surviving siblings: Kenneth Cardillo and his wife Paulette, Carol Cardillo Skolas, Mary Lou Castellano and her husband Kenneth; Joseph L Cardillo, Jr. and his wife Megan; Richard Cardillo and his husband Joel Greenhouse; Annie Holden and her husband Ed; Betsy Evans and her husband Peter and Paul Cardillo and his wife Rachel. He was a cherished uncle to 19 nieces and nephews and 13 grand nieces and nephews and 5 great grand nieces and nephews.

Len was recently employed at eMagin in Hopewell Junction as a design engineer. This was the last position in a career that encompassed many areas of advanced technologies where he had a passion for the challenges of the unknown.

He was a graduate of Cathedral High School in N.Y.C. and received his bachelor of science at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. He attended Iowa State University where he received a master’s degree and was a PhD candidate at the New School of Social Research in New York City. Throughout his life he would continue his love for learning and would further his knowledge in other areas of study.

Len’s life was filled with his love for music, especially when he played his guitar. He loved the outdoors, camping, and swimming in the ocean. His love for laughter and giving joy filled the numerous times he shared with his family and friends. His nieces and nephews will fondly remember his gift of reading to them, investigating and talking about the wonders of the universe, accompanying them in song, and making the best meatballs in the world!

He will be especially remembered by many for his intelligence and his giving heart and will surely be missed by all those that have crossed his path in his lifetime.

A Memorial Celebration of his very well-lived Life will be held on July 20, 2019 at his home.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508. To offer a message of condolence or to share a fond memory, please visit:
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    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 |
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019
    Private Gathering of Family & Friends: Le Chambord at Curry Estate Restuarant
    2737 Route 52
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Joan Duser

Posted at 03:11pm
Rosie, I was so sorry to read that you lost Lenny. What a wonderful man. I was planning to visit your area in the next few weeks and thought of looking you up, when I did I saw the posting.

Gail Tester

Posted at 10:59am
Dear Rose, We are so sad about losing Len. Sending you a peace lily in hopes that it might bring you peace in remembrance. xo Gail & Marv Tester
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John W. Cooney (Jay)

Posted at 05:23pm
My deepest sympathy to Lens wife and his whole family. Growing up in Silver Lake with the all the Cardillo's was very memorable. Joe, Len's father always took all of my familie's photographs. Mrs. Cardillo was a wonderful mother and person. I went to school with Lenny (as we called him) from Kindergarten through the eighth grade at St. Anthony's grammar school. Lenny was always one of the smartest kids in the class. In the eighth grade we played in the Catholic touch football league. Lenny played on the offensive and defensive line for us. When we were on offense, nobody got past Lenny and on defense, he was always one of the first to get to the quarterback. I was very saddened to hear of his passing and shall miss him. May God bless him and keep him. Sincerely, Jay Cooney.

Rob Coccaro Jr.

Posted at 07:44pm
I have many memories of playing guitar with Lenny and sharing the outdoor things with him he enjoyed a lot of technology and nature at its best. Love and miss you my friend

Mindy Burton

Posted at 04:29pm
After 38 years of wonderful friendship, it's hard to pick out one among thousands of memories of Lenny. Firstly, Lenny was one of the main members of the "Carlos Santana contingent". Barbara, Rosie, Lenny and I have Rocked Out with Santana in concert for almost 4 decades! It will never be the the same without him, but his divine presence and spirit will always be with us.
The most amazing thing about Lenny that always touched me was his modesty, and his ability to highlight the achievements of others. Whenever we spent an evening with Lenny and Rosie, and the conversation came around to what we were doing at the time, he was always quick to acknowledge, praise and encourage what other people did. A genius (in my opinion) in his own right, and a brilliant Engineer, he was always on the cutting edge of new technology, but remained humble about his own accomplishments. Kindness, generosity and love emanated from him, and you couldn't help but feel good when in his presence. Rock On will forever be in our hearts. Much love from Mindy, Sofia and Joey.

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