Leonard Smalling

    Leonard Joseph Smalling, who for 30 years worked in East Hampton for the phone company that came to be called Verizon, died on Dec. 11 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., of a brain aneurism. He was 70.

    Mr. Smalling, who served in the Navy in the early 1960s, lived in Bridgehampton for about 50 years before moving to Onley, Va., after he retired.

    “He was a big surfcast fisherman. We could always find him down by the ocean,” his daughter Nicki Hemby of Bridgehampton said yesterday. He also enjoyed gardening in his yard on Lumber Lane. “He was a local guy, doing local things,” she said.

    Mr. Smalling had a passion for art, and particularly enjoyed painting abstract work in acrylics.

    Born in Patchogue on April 21, 1943, to George Smalling and the former Clara Ferrara, Mr. Smalling had three siblings: Faustina Christiansen, who lives in Ocala, Fla., and Margaret Pontieri and Dominick Smalling, both of whom died before him.

    His marriage to Loretta Walker, who lives East Hampton, ended in divorce. They had two daughters, Ms. Hemby and Leilani Sokaitis, who lives in Onley. Mr. Smalling leaves six grandchildren.

    A funeral service will be held at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception in the parish hall.

    Donations in Mr. Smalling’s name have been suggested to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, Ark. 72202.
 


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