Rodman Hazard Leavell, 89, of Dover, NH died of Parkinson’s disease on June 2, 2021, with his loving family by his side. Born March 12, 1932 in Louisville, KY, he was the son of the late Dr. Hugh Rodman Leavell and Barbara Hazard Leavell, and the beloved little brother of his late brother Nelson and surviving sister Barbara (Bobbie). He spent his childhood in Louisville before going to Choate School in Wallingford, CT and later to Babson College in Wellesley, MA from which he graduated in 1953. From the age of 4, he completed a part each summer at his favorite spot on earth, Cranberry Lake, NY in the Adirondacks, relishing time in and around boats of all types and creating many wonderful memories with extended family and friends.
Rod built his career with Moore Business Forms, starting as a salesperson and progressing to District Manager for NH and VT. He was a staunch fan of Boston sports teams, dog lover, photographer, competitive sailor, avid fisherman, and staunch protector of loons and their habitats. He served in the sacristy of two of the episcopal churches he attended during his lifetime. After his retirement, he and his beloved wife Shirley lived in Hollis, New Hampshire, where they spent time with their three daughters and families who lived nearby, as well as time travel. He was a former commodore of the Cranberry Lake Boat Club. Rod has given generously of his time for many years to the Road to Recovery program for American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels Manchester and The Caregivers of NH. After the death of his wife Shirley from ALS, Rod helped found the Northern New England chapter of ALS, where he served as president for two years. He then married Donna Macomber Leavell and they moved to Manchester, where he continued his many volunteer activities.
Survivors include his wife Donna of Manchester; his three daughters and sons-in-law: Deborah and Richard Donnelly of Amherst, NH, Sally and Elliott Liu of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, and Sandra and David Stamp of Alton Bay, NH; daughter-in-law Pamela Hines from Florida; her sister Barbara Leavell Smith of Petersburg, NY; sister-in-law Ruth Luciw of Mendon, MA; many cherished cousins and nieces and nephews. His eight grandchildren: Ian and Neil Donnelly, Justin, Daryn and Nathan Liu, and Brittany, Drew and Phillip Stamp as well as two great-granddaughters: Madelief and Roosmary Donnelly will also be greatly missed by their “Gampie” and will keep a precious memory of him encouraging them. at their horseback riding events or soccer / lacrosse / baseball games, winning their swimming trophies and sailing, canoeing, fishing and hiking together at their family camp in Cranberry Lake, and to play fun games of cribbage or rummikub.
Lambert Funeral Home in Manchester is making arrangements. Call hours at Lambert Funeral Home are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8. A memorial service for the extended family only will be held at Our Savior (Episcopal) Church in Milford, NH at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9.
Memorial contributions in Rod’s name can be made to the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (donate online at www.adkloon.org/support or mail the check to PO Box 195, Ray Brook, NY 12977) or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research (www.michaeljfox.org or mail check and donation form to PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014). To leave a message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank the amazing staff at The Residence at Silver Square in Dover and Comassus in Exeter for their care, support and compassion.
Posted in Union Leader on June 6, 2021.