Leonard Riddell, Sr.

Obituary of Leonard E. Riddell, Sr.

ILION – Leonard E. Riddell, Sr., age 82, of E. River St., Ilion, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on July 1, 1937, in Ilion, the son of Alexander “Doc” Riddell and Sarah “Sadie” (Staley) Riddell and attended Ilion schools. Leonard was the owner and operator of H&H Mill Supply Co., in Ilion, selling power saws and saw mill equipment. He also enjoyed driving school bus for the Head Start Children’s Program, in Ilion. Leonard and his wife Betty co-owned and operated the SBJ Candy and Fudge Store, located in the former Ilion Fay’s Mall, for 25 years. Surviving family members include his wife, Betty; his son, Jay Riddell and his wife, Mary-Ellen, of Webster, NY; his daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” Kelly and her husband, Patrick, of Burlington Flats and Trina Pettengill and her husband, Richard, of Ilion; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his sister, Sandy Hurteau; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; 3 sisters, Florence Hagadorn, Phyllis Wameling and Dorothy Ashley; and his brother, Richard “Dick” Riddell. Leonard’s Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at a later date, because of current N.Y.S. restrictions. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Leonard, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204-1305. Leonard’s arrangements are entrusted to his Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722).
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