Leon Russell's Story
Leon Russell Hooper died on September 23, 2016, after a hard battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Beverly, Mass., he was the son of the late Vernon C. and G. Madelyn (Burnell) Hooper. He was predeceased in 1984 by his loving wife, Margaret (St. George) of East Boston.
Leon was raised in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School, Class of 1949, where his father taught for many years. As a young man, he worked with his father to build their family home in Essex. Leon and his friend, Edward Melanson, formed a construction partnership, Hooper-Melanson, well-known on Cape Ann. In addition to individual homes, they constructed several developments on the North Shore. One memorable summer found him building a house for a client on Monhegan Island, Maine. He was an avid hunter and camper, and like many young men on Cape Ann, he dug clams for local restaurants. In retirement, he enjoyed contributing his carpentry skills to projects for family and friends.
Leon was a member of the Gloucester Elks Club, where he enjoyed the warm camaraderie of fellow members.
With great sadness, Leon leaves his longtime friend and beloved companion, Emma Davis. He is also survived by his son, Leon Russell Hooper Jr., and his companion, Marianne Hiltz; a sister, Virginia C. (Hooper) Simpson of Danvers; nephews, Harry Todd Simpson and Steven A. Simpson; and niece, Christine M. McIntosh.
Donations in his memory may be made to hospice Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
Leon’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Gloucester and Care Dimensions of Danvers for their tireless efforts.
A private graveside ceremony is planned.