Leonard Cardillo

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: www.www.libbyfuneralhome.com

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  1. Jim says:

    Hello to all. This is Jim Carbone. Lenny and I were Boy Scouts together in the 1960s in Troop 1 Silver Lake for a long time. We had so many good experiences and the memories truly last for a lifetime. I am reminded of a camping trip in White Plains (I think it was on the Lehman Estate) where we had the luxury of staying and sleeping in a Cabin instead of our usual Camper tents that had a knack of falling down on us at night. One night we were sleeping very soundly on the cabin floor and a burning log rolled out of the fireplace and onto the cabin floor. The floor was made of old dried out wood and better suited for kindling wood then for a floor. Lenny was the only one of us who was awake enough to notice and he got the log back into the fireplace probably saving all of us from a fire related injury. That was Lenny: always thinking of the needs of others before himself. Lenny was a very special friend. We could also be a little mischievous when we got together. One night at Camp Read Pharaoh Lake we tried to ‘attack’ another campsite by sneaking up to it in the Lake. I guess we had watched too many war movies. As soon as we got to shore, every flashlight in the woods came on and lit us up. The ‘attack’ was foiled, and we had to swim back across the Lake. Poor Rowe, our scoutmaster, had to take ‘flack’ from the other Scoutmasters for this. Lenny loved Rowe as much as I did and now they are together in heaven sharing laughs about old times. I could go on and on with these stories. We often said that we never knew how good we had it back in those days. I truly miss my dear friend, Lenny.
    I am very deeply saddened by his passing. It will take a long time for me to process it. We had been planning a road trip to visit some of the old campsites. I will still take that trip in memory of him. It won’t be the same without Lenny but I know he would have wanted me to take the trip.
    My deepest condolences to Rose and the family. I can only say to please contact me if I can help with anything.

    Goodbye (for now) my old friend and as we say in the Navy may you have ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’ in your journey.

    Jim Carbone

  2. Peter Notch says:

    In a phone call tonight from Bishop Dom, I learned of Len’s passing. There are lots of memories I have of the times when our lives intersected – at Saint Anthony’s in Silver Lake, in the boy scouts, at Cathedral, at Woodstock. I just wish that our paths had crossed more frequently as adults. To Rose and all of the Cardillo family I offer my deepest sympathy.
    Peter Notch

  3. Ron Schaeffner says:

    Lenny you will be missed. We traveled the rails from the White Plains station to 87th and West End Ave for several years. I last sat next to you at Sardi’s celebrating with fellow classmates. You left us with photos and memories of you. Thank you for your friendship. Pax Tecum.

  4. Rudy Rodriguez says:

    Millie and I are so sorry for your loss. I hope the good memories you shared with your brother can carry your family and you through this difficult time you are going through. You have our deepest condolences and we will have your family and you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Rudy and Millie

  5. Tina Jo Breindel says:

    So sorry to learn Len’s time was cut short. I couldn’t find better words to express my sorrow for losing such a dear brother of yours, but to see that you find comfort in all the loving memories you have of Len. I remember how in awe I was when I met all the Cardillo siblings, one HUGE and loving family…with open arms❣️

  6. Diane Connolly says:

    Rosie, my thoughts are with you. I am very saddened by Len’s passing.

  7. Jim Carbone says:

    Hello to all. This is Jim Carbone in Virginia. Lenny and I were fellow Boy Scouts during the sixties in Troop 1, Silver Lake with Scoutmaster, Mr.Rowe Calciolari. The Boy Scouts were truly a special experience for the both of us. We would often comment years later that we never knew how good we had it during that time. As someone else has already said, Lenny loved the outdoors and camping. And camp we did, in all kinds of places, times, and in good or bad weather. Lenny always gave of himself and put the needs of others before his own. I remember one camping trip where we had the ‘luxury’ of sleeping in an old run down cabin (I think it was on the Lehman Estate In Purchase) instead of in our usual Camper Tents (actually made of canvas in those days) which had a knack for falling down on top of us at night and in storms. On one night, we had gone to sleep on the cabin floor which was better suited for use as kindling wood for starting a fire instead of as a bed. We were all exhausted and quickly went to sleep but Lenny remained awake. During the night, a burning log rolled out of the fireplace and onto the cabin floor. Lenny quickly managed to get a hold of the log and get it back into the fireplace. He saved us all from fire related injuries but he never made a big deal about it. That was Lenny Cardillo. As young kids, we could also be a little bit mischievous at times when we got together but it was all in good fun. On another occasion, the Troop was camping at Pharaoh Lake at Camp Read. We made a plan to ‘attack’ one of the other campsites at night by swimming across the Lake. We had probably seen too many war movies. As we approached the other side of the Lake, it seemed like every Flashlight in the world turned on and lit us up. Our plan was ruined and we quickly reversed course and made it back to the other side of the Lake, thankfully without losing anyone. Rowe, our Scoutmaster took a lot of ‘heat’ from the other Scoutmasters for that one but he never passed it on to us.That was Rowe. We both loved Rowe dearly and he served as an example to us throughout our own lives for how to live a good life. A comforting thought for me at this time is that I picture Lenny and Rowe sitting around a campfire in heaven and sharing and laughing about the old memories. Lenny and I had been planning a road trip to visit many of our old campsites. I still plan to visit those sites in memory of Lenny.
    You will be deeply missed, my old friend. As we say in the Navy, may you have ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’ until we meet again.
    My deepest condolences to Rose and the family. Words fail at a time like this but please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do to help.
    God Bless to all,
    Jim and Claire Carbone

  8. Joe Murphy says:

    Condolences to Rose and Lenny’s extended family.
    Lenny and I went to Cathedral and Iona together. Years later we reconnected with Cathedral Alumni events. Lenny was the first one to call.Making sure he was available. Everyone knew Lenny and enjoyed his company. His photography skills benefited all of us with Reunion photos. His recall for details of our Prep school escapades was remarkable. How did we all survive? Godspeed my friend, Rest In Peace.

  9. Denise Hardy says:

    Dear sweet Len, RIP. My fondest memories of you are Summers at the IAC. At night in the picnic area playing guitar and singing with the circle of family- many of them, and, of course, friends. The best times of our lives. Awesome memories of those Summers so very long ago 🤗😥 Thank you. Go with God 🙏

  10. Mindy Burton says:

    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 Lenny….you will forever be in our hearts. Much love from Mindy, Sofia and Joey.

  11. Rob Coccaro Jr. says:

    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

  12. John W. Cooney (Jay) says:

    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.

  13. Joan Duser says:

    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.

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