Joel R. Leonard, 44


NARRAGANSETT  – Joel Leonard died Sept. 4. He fought a long and courageous battle against diabetes and a rare form of heart disease.  His courage and tenacity was noted by all who saw him ride his trike through the streets of South County, and in June 2013, when he rode more than 40 miles in the Tour de Cure for Diabetes, raising more than $4,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

He was a graduate of the University of Lowell and did further study at the Massachusetts College of Communications and the New England Institute of Technology, receiving associate degrees from both.  He worked as a video editor for ESPN and The Outdoor Life Network.

He leaves his mother Deborah Chorney of Narragansett, his father Dr. Charles F. Leonard of Stoughton, Mass., his sister Alicia Brown (Jeff), his nephew Aaron, his niece Iris, his aunt Anita Chorney and many cousins.  Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 146 Clifford St., Providence, RI 02903.