Leo Peter Mione, 96, a resident of Newburyport and formerly of Gloucester and St. Augustine, Fla., passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Leo was born on April 18, 1921, as Ivy Ryer in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He was adopted as an infant and brought to Gloucester by Peter Mione and Effie (Kellison) Mione, and this is where he lived for most of his life. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and piloted a landing craft under heavy fire during the invasion of Normandy. He earned medals for the European-African-Middle-Eastern Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, China Service, the American Campaign and Navy Occupation Services. On June 16, 1946, he married the love of his life, Grace Vegliano in Gloucester, and they shared nearly 71 years of a wonderful life together. Like many young people during the Depression, Leo was forced to leave high school to help support his family. He worked for many years in the fishing industry in Gloucester. Later, he became a custodian at MIT Lincoln Labs and at Gloucester High School. One of his proudest moments was when he received his GED while in his 50s. Leo retired early, and he and Grace moved to St. Augustine, Florida. He spent three happy decades in Florida involved in activities such as painting, model ship building, reading, carpentry and playing poker with his buddies. He was an active member of the Riverview Club where he and Grace enjoyed ballroom dancing and countless social events. These were some of the best years of his life. He returned to Massachusetts in 2010 to be closer to the majority of his remaining family and friends. He was a passionate Red Sox and Patriots fan. Leo was a people magnet. Everyone liked him. He was hilarious, had a great sense of humor and was a terrific story teller. He quickly became the favorite patient at the Country Center in Newburyport where he was always pleasant and never complained. Everyone got a kick out of him in his ever-present knitted cap with a pom-pom on the top. He was a warm, loving and devoted husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Leo is survived by his beloved “Gracie,”; daughter, Christine Rutchick and husband, Ron of Newburyport, Mass.; his son, Peter Mione and husband, John Clement of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson, Abraham Rutchick and his wife, Rebecca and their son, Leo of Culver City, Calif.; granddaughter, Elisabeth Reickert and her husband, Brian and their son, Dexter of Danvers, Mass.; as well as a brother-in-law; several sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; step-mother, Pauline (Puma) Mione; and step-brothers, Vito, Sam and Joseph Puma. The family extends its deep appreciation for the compassionate and loving care that Leo received at the Country Center by the nurses, especially Cee Cee, Kathy and Mary, the CNAs and the Constellation Hospice Team.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, April 25 at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. A service will commence at 4 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leo’s name to Constellation Hospice, c/o Country Center, 180 Low St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 24, 2017