Salem — Mr. Leonard F. Redican, 54, of Salem, beloved husband of Dianne M. (Gariepy) Redican, died January 2, 2013, at Salem Hospital following an ischemic heart attack, surrounded by his family.
Born in Beverly, he was the son of Mildred (Merluzzo) Redican of Salem and the late Robert Redican. He was raised and educated in Salem, receiving his elementary education at the former St. James Grammar School, and he continued his education graduating from Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody.
Mr. Redican was currently employed at the General Electric Corporation in Lynn at its River Works Plant. He had been associated with GE for over 35 years as a machinist.
Active in the labor movement and dedicated member of the IUE-CWA Local 201, Leonard served his brother employees as a Union Stalwart. Local 201 has lost a good friend on so many levels. He had been a union steward for years, both in Plant 4 and previously in Building 40. He was a health and safety committee pioneer and activist for 20 years and served as the elected Health and Safety rep in Plant 4 and Building 40. He served as a delegate to the National IUE-CWA-GE Conference Board for several terms. And finally, he chaired the Strike Committee and served on the Constitution Committee for the local. His dedication to his fellow workers was steadfast as he negotiated for the rights of others before himself.
An avid outdoorsman, Leonard enjoyed spending his time out of doors with his family fishing, hunting and riding his bike. He traveled with his family to Alaska giving them a flood of memories fishing together side by side in the Kenai Peninsula. His love of fishing and the out of doors will live on through the generations of Redicans to follow. An avid runner, Leonard accomplished a marathon having completed the fundraising in honor and support of the Leukemia Society. He was dedicated to his family and those around him, he will be forever missed.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dianne M. (Gariepy) Redican; mother, Mildred (Merluzzo) Redican of Salem; sons, Jeffrey Redican of Everett and Christopher Redican of Salem; grandson, Jacob Kyle Redican of Salem; sister, Diane E. McCarthy of Hamilton and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square (At Salem Common), Salem, Monday, January 7, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Sunday, January 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Leonard’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com