Leon H. Mosczynski

Born: Fri., Apr. 18, 1930
Died: Wed., Jun. 20, 2018

Celebration of Life


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 24, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Douglas- Leon H. Mosczynski, 88, passed away on June 20, 2018 at home after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, partner, and soul mate, Shirley M. (Williams) Mosczynski whom he spent 60 incredible years with.
        Leon is also survived by three daughters who spoiled him rotten, Lisa Mosczynski of Douglas, Laura Rush and her husband Steven of Colorado, and Jane Mosczynski and her husband Theodore Salem of Douglas as well as his two grandchildren: Jenna and Ramsey. Born in Worcester, MA on April 18, 1930 he was the son of Konstanty and Gabriella (Gluchwoska) and was raised in Douglas.
       Leon received a B.A. from Providence College and a M.A. from Worcester State. After serving his country, he was hired to teach in the Northbridge Public School system where he shared the wonders of science and the environment with young minds for over 30 years. Leon and Shirley built their own home, raised their family, and always had white-faced Herefords to graze their pastures.
       He was an avid outdoorsman and a gentleman farmer. He loved history and bird watching and especially spending time at his beloved “Butternut Lodge” in Vermont. Dedicating time to his community and preserving its environment and history was a priority. He was a founding member of the Douglas Historical Society. As the town’s Tree Warden for 42 years he looked out for the health and welfare of its street trees. Appointed as an original member of the Douglas Conservation Commission, he served to protect the town’s wetlands for 41 years. Seeing the proposed Douglas landfill as a threat to the region, he fought alongside many to successfully stop it. In recognition of these efforts and more, 44 acres of beautiful open space on Mumford Street was protected in his honor.
       Calling hours will be held on Sun. June 24 from 1 - 4 pm at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic Street, Douglas. Burial will be privately held in Douglas Center Cemetery, and a celebration of his life will be held at a date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation: 200 Southeast 1st St. Suite 800, Miami FL, 33131, (Parkinson.org) or to the Metacomet Land Trust: PO Box 231 Franklin, MA 02038, (MetacometLandTrust.org). To leave a condolence message for his family please visit: www.JackmanFuneralhomes.com

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Judy (Miller) Whittaker
   Posted Sat June 23, 2018
Mr. Mosczynski was my eighth-grade science teacher at Northbridge Junior High School back in the early 1970s. He helped instill in me a respect for the natural world and a duty to protect it. May his family find comfort that his legacy will live on through the students he taught and inspired.

Mary Palmer
   Posted Sat June 23, 2018
Dear Lisa, Your Dad leaves a wonderful legacy of activism. Cherish the memories~

Bob Weronik
   Posted Sat June 23, 2018
The world has lost one of the most gentle and wonderful souls I have had the honor to know. I met Leon through Marty Nugent 10 years ago and had many wonderful experiences fishing the Deerfield and chopping wood and sitting by the fire at Butternut Lodge. He will be missed, but there is solace in knowing that a man like Leon lives on through memories, experiences, and stories that speak of his wonderful soul and commitment to his family, his friends, and his community - not to mention his fierce protection, respect, and love for nature, wildlife, and the environment. Godspeed Leon -- Godspeed.

Debra A Heinz
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss. Leon was a friendly, kind and helpful person. When one asks about Douglas, Leon's name will always be mentioned.

Marcia and Craig Barnes
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
To the Mosczynski Family......Craig and I are sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to you at this sad time......our memories go way back to the late 1950's when we had him as a teacher at Northbridge High School. To us he was a kind and compassionate teacher/instructor...You are in our prayers.....


Marcia and Craig Barnes/ NORTHBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL/CLASS OF 1961

Cindy Bokoski
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
Mr. M. was my science teacher at NBH. He was a kind & helpful man. He is surely in Heaven with the Lord. My sympathy & condolences to his family & friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Carla R Tannet
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
Shirley and family I am sorry to hear of Leons passing. He was a true gentleman and you so blessed to have such a wonderful man in your lives. He will forever be with you in your hearts.

Anne-Marie Moran
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
I’m so sorry to hear of Leon’s passing. He was such a kind man. I used to enjoy our rides together looking at town trees, while he’d tell me stories about the town and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you Shirley, Lisa, Laura and Jane.

Ron Stead
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
Leon was a kind and gentle teacher with a good sense of humor. I am sorry for your loss.

Cindy Perry (Ann's daughter)
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
Hi Shirley, Lisa, Laura, and Jane. I am so sorry for the loss of your father, Leon. After reading his story, I wish I had known him. He sounds like an incredible person. I am sure you will all miss him dearly. May you find strength in your memories as a family.

I remember each of you from decades past. I have strong photographic memories of each of your faces as young people, and I was always intrigued by the fact you always raised your own beef cattle. For some reason, that always stuck with me. If I recall, one or all of the kids were in 4-H? My mom speaks highly of your family, and is saddened by Leon's passing. May you find peace in your memories, and may our paths cross again sometime in this lifetime.


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