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“Theresa, Paul, and Mary ~ Greg and John and family,I was so saddened when I heard of Paul's passing. Paul was such a great guy and a loving caring...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Joanne Bergantino LaRosee - MA

“My heart breaks for all of you. You will get through this, but it will be difficult. And it may take a long time ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: Priscilla Cahn - Needham, MA

“John, Anne and Paul's family - We're very sorry to hear about Paul, please accept all our blessings and prayers for Paul and his family. Nice means...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Gary Marchese - WALTHAM, MA

“We were so sad to hear about Paul's passing. Paul was a very friendly person and friend. He always had a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Bill Marston - Natick, MA

“I have know Paul since 1988 when he purchased Jensen's Cleaners We became great friends and we went out to eat a couple of timesHe was always willing...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: DAVID OBERMAN - NEEDHAM, MA

“My thoughts and prayers to Paul and his entire family. Such a genuine and caring human being. We are all truly better by just knowing Paul. May he...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Jeffrey Postell - Taunton, MA

“Paul was always a kind and gentle presence at the McMullen, friendly and eager to volunteer for anything that came up. Beyond his role in security,...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: John and Marina McCoy - MA

“Theresa, Paul and Mary and Leonelli family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Please know we are...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Maureen Coughlin - Needham, MA

“Dear Theresa & Family,We bought our house on Bruce Road from Mr. & Mrs. Leonnelli 51 years ago and so enjoyed their friendship and watching their...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Philip & Jane Rinck - Waltham

“Paul, my dad your God-father loved you so dearly and shared all the stories and fun times with you. You will truly be missed our home. Thoughts,...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Caterina Ferlazzo Rorick - MA

“Beth & I offer our sincere condolences at this very trying time for you. Paul was a good friend, and we shared fun moments at KofC functions, in the...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Ronald Hadley - Norwood, MA

“Theresa I was heartbroken to hear of your loss. I worked for Paul at Jensens for 3 years and knew Paul well. He was a terrific human being and...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Ted Pierce - Needham, MA

“Theresa, Paul and Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. ”
13 of 32 | Posted by: Wendy Plummer - Waltham, MA

“Rest in Peace, Paul.David and Tracie Lopez ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: David Lopez - Stow, MA - Friend

“You will always be my shining light in this world. Always in my heart. Love you and your amazing family ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: Betsy Madison - Ashland, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to Theresa, Paul and Mary. Paul, was a very kind man and we enjoyed getting to know him watching Jr. Eagles hockey games. He...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: - Friend

“Our deepest condolences ”
17 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle Abcunas - Newton, MA

“I am so so sorry .... my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, KY

“Paul was one of the kindest warmest individuals I've ever met. He became a very close friend for a number of years when I lived in Needham, And...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: John McSheffrey - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was a wonderful person. ”
20 of 32 | Posted by: Joann D'Amico Stone - Way, MA

“He was the Best friend to work with at Boston College Police Department I will miss our talks at work. R.I.P. my friend Pamthevan BCPD❤&...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Pamela Carroll - Brookline, MA

“Dear Theresa and Family,Please accept my deepest sympathies. Although, I never met Paul I heard so many wonderful things about him. Knowing you,...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Roni Sue Bower - FRAMINGHAM, MA

“I was saddened to hear of Paul's passing, he was a fine comrade to all at The Boston College Police Dept. ”
23 of 32 | Posted by: Sgt. Robert Mulvey - Friend

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Robert Mulvey - Friend

“Theresa, I am so sorry for your loss, though I never met Paul I'm sure because you chose him as your husband he must have been a very special person...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Francis Kearns - Norton, MA

“Theresa, Paul, and Mary _Holding you in prayer and here to support you with whatever you need. Paul had the gift of kindness and was a friend to...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Liz McCarthy - WALTHAM, MA

“We have been Paul's neighbor ever since he moved in across the street from us. Right from the very beginning, Paul was always friendly, so easy...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Tom and Joanne LeFort - Waltham, MA

“Theresa, My deepest condolences to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
28 of 32 | Posted by: Nancy Albuquerque - Wareham, MA

“So very sorry for your loss , Paul may you Rest In Peace ☮ ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: John & Val Cincotta - Maynard, MA

“Saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I met Paul 22 years ago upon moving to Needham-he was the owner of Jenson's, the best dry cleaner in town. ...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Bob Whelan - Needham, MA - Friend

“Sorry to hear this Theresa, my condolences to you and your family.. ”
31 of 32 | Posted by: James Cusack - Friend

“My heart is saddened by your loss. Thinking of you and sending my deepest condolences. ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Joan Casella-Hamilton - Hooksett, NH

Waltham – When Paul Leonelli drew his last breath he left us knowing at least three things . . . that he was loved and wanted and needed by a family that cherished him . . . and as hard as it was to say goodbye he would also tell you that he died the luckiest man on earth to have had them in his life.

Paul's friendly, affable nature made it easy to like him. Family meant everything to him . . . he was an accomplished cook and consummate party host, he loved making his specialty, prime rib with his famous mushroom gravy each Christmas and always welcomed friends and family into his home with a warm smile and a heartfelt greeting. A good day for him was working his shift as a public safety officer at Boston College, a job he thoroughly enjoyed, and then coming home to the most important people in his life, his wife, Theresa and their children, Paul and Mary.

Mr. Paul R. Leonelli, of Waltham, died on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln after a brief battle with cancer. He was 56 years old.

Born in Waltham on May 31, 1964, he was a son of Gregorio and Josephine (Zanco) Leonelli. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1982 and four years later earned his bachelor's degree from Bentley College.

He met his wife, Needham native Theresa Kearns, on a blind date and after a courtship the pair married in Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville. Most recently Paul worked as a public safety officer at Boston College where he made many friends among the familiar faces around campus. Prior to that, he was the owner of Jenson's Cleaners in Needham for almost thirty years.

In his younger years, Paul was an accomplished drummer and was active with the Knight of Columbus in Needham.

In addition to his wife, Theresa A. (Kearns) Leonelli, he leaves his children, Paul G. Leonelli and Mary F. Leonelli; his brothers, Gregory Leonelli (Nancy) of Lexington and John Leonelli (Anne) of Dennis and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will honor and remember Paul's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, January 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday morning in Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Those unable to attend may participate via this link on Monday, January 11th at 10 a.m.:

Memorial donations may be made to


Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the funeral home should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance. Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.