Baseball

Leonard E. McHugh

August 14, 1927 ~ March 7, 2022 (age 94)

Obituary

On March 7th, 2022, Leonard "Low-Ball Lenny" McHugh entered eternal life joining his beloved wife, Anne.  Leonard was the son of the late Edward (Vera) and Catherine Finlan McHugh.  Leonard was a proud "South Troy Against the World" man.  He was an extremely dedicated employee of the Watervliet Arsenal for 43 years.  Although he spent more than 25 years refereeing soccer, his real passion was behind the plate where he was a Capital District Umpire for more than 55 years, which led to his induction into the NYS Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Leonard and Anne were married for 68 blissful years.  Leonard is survived by their six children: Judy (Bill) Testo, Susan (Jack) Canty, Michael (Sharon) McHugh, Timothy (Audrey) McHugh, Catherine (Chris) Farnam, and Maribeth (Dale) Lindeman.  Beloved "Papa" was the wonderful grandfather to Kara (Nick) Rivera, Briana (Christian) Milanese, Taylor and Victoria (Mason) Farnam, Liam (Tori) Testo, Matthew (Sam) and Brady Lindeman, and Seamus and Connor (Nikki) McHugh.  He is also survived by his great grandchildren Rylan, Mac, Vaughn, and Eagan Rivera, and Sullivan Milanese. Lenny is also survived by Anne's siblings Jack Curran, Mary Folsom, Bill (Linda) Curran and sister-in-law's June and Bernie Curran, and numerous nieces and nephews. Lenny was predeceased by in-laws: Steve, Joe, Kay, and Nancy Curran. 

Leonard enjoyed sunbathing, spending winters in Florida, vacationing with family, and had a great desire for exercising, going to the gym 365 days a year. While always staying active, Lenny would spend his Friday nights for many decades at Uncle Sam Lanes and many summers biking to Saratoga to bartend. A diehard Red Sox fan, he was lucky enough to see his team finally beat the Curse of the Bambino in the 2004 World Series.

Most of those who knew Lenny would remember him for his quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, playful banter, and his faith in God. 

The family would like to express their gratitude to: Leonard's Goddaughter and niece, Maureen Bonesteel, for being an exceptional caregiver to Leonard and Anne; his son, Michael, for his extraordinary companionship and bond with "Daddy" while residing together; and a final thank you to Samaritan and St. Peter's Hospice Inn for their comforting care on his last few days.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, March 14th, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Avenue, Wynantskill, NY.  Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 13th from 3-6 p.m. at the St. Jude the Apostle Church.  Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Leonard to the Derek Murphy Fund at 4 South Colonial Heights, Troy, NY 12180.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
March 13, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
St. Jude the Apostle Church
43 Brookside Avenue
Wynantskill, NY 12198

Funeral Mass
Monday
March 14, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Jude the Apostle Church
43 Brookside Avenue
Wynantskill, NY 12198

Committal
Monday
March 14, 2022

12:15 PM
St. Joseph's Cemetery
156 Mann Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

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