Leon Patrick Ciferni, 79, formerly of Berkeley Heights, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2016 with his family by his side.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation Monday, June, 20th from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 21st from 4-8 p.m. at the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd beginning at 10 a.m. in the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass to be offered at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Little Flower, Plainfield Ave, Berkeley Heights. Interment will be private. Please visit www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com for additional information and to send condolences.
Born in Brooklyn, Leon was a long-time resident of Berkeley Heights. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and graduated from Fordham University School of Law. Leon had a long career as a senior bank attorney at Chemical Bank, and later at NatWest Bank USA, where he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Leon was an active member of the Berkeley Heights community, serving on the Planning Board, as well as Chairman of the Board of Adjustment, and on the Township Committee; he also served a term as Mayor of Berkeley Heights. He was a strong supporter and board member of the Veterans Memorial Park restoration. Leon was also a volunteer with the United Way, an usher at the Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights and at St. Frances Church in Brant Beach. He previously served on the Board of Directors at Cabrini Hospital.
Leon was a passionate man of many diversified interests. He loved the opera, cars, politics and cooking both gourmet and traditional Italian meals for his family and friends. He devoured books, was a history buff and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He enjoyed many years of traveling with his beloved wife Connie. He had many cherished friends with whom he enjoyed spending time. But most of all he loved being a devoted father and grandfather.
He is survived by his loving children: Susan Kinsella and her husband Joseph, Claudia Farrell and her husband John and Noël Baumann and her husband Todd, brother Richard Ciferni and his wife Nina and sister-in-law Paula Tarzian. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren: Joseph, Rebecca, Nicholas and Michael Kinsella, Talia, Luke and Julia Farrell and Amelia, Anthony and Natalie Baumann. Leon was predeceased by his beloved wife Constance in 2013 and brother M. John.
Donations in Leon’s memory may be made by visiting www.inmemoryof-memorial.org to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or to the Civil War Trust.