James Bernard Leonard, a former newspaper pressman, died on Thanksgiving Day in a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 91 and had gone to Florida to visit a son.
Mr. Leonard’s career in newspapers included a stint as a flyboy, a pressroom apprentice who literally caught stacks of papers as they flew off the presses. He went on to become a pressman for The New York Journal-American, The New York Times, and The Daily News, working for that paper in Long Island City until he retired.
A prior resident of Brooklyn, he had lived in Noyac for 28 years. His wife, the former Rose Manzo, whom he married in 1954, survives him. Also surviving Mr. Leonard are the couple’s two sons, Thomas Leonard of Dix Hills and John Leonard of Sag Harbor and Palm Beach, Fla., as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Leonard was predeceased by a sister and a brother. He was born on March 2, 1921, in Brooklyn, a son of James Leonard and the former Anne Burke, and attended St. James Cathedral School there.
He was a member of the pressmen’s union, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion, and he regularly visited the Bridgehampton Senior Center.
A wake was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Tuesday. Burial followed yesterday at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.