Served in U.S. Army, owned Leone’s Sub and Pizza

Published in the August 19, 2015 edition


Victor-Leone-obit-7-21-15-webMELROSE — Victor J. Leone Sr., 93, died peacefully at home on Aug. 13.

Victor was born on Jan. 13, 1922 to the late Nicola and Michelina (DeBenedictis) Leone. He was raised in the West End of Boston and graduated from Mechanic Arts High School. Mr. Leone entered the U.S. Army in 1940 and served his country with pride for five years during World War II. Victor lived in Everett for many years before moving to Melrose in 1959. He and his wife Louise were the owners of Leone’s Sub and Pizza on Broadway in Somerville for many years, greeting patrons year after year and always contributing to the community in numerous ways.

Mr. Leone was a talented artist, enjoyed painting, loved taking trips to Hawaii and going on cruises. Victor had a summer home at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, which he enjoyed for over 10 years. He was a member of the Medford Elks and the Malden Moose Club. But above all Victor loved spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Leone was the beloved husband of 69 years to Louise J. (Albano) Leone. He was the devoted father of Margaret Leone of Tewksbury; and Victor J. Leone Jr. and his wife Carolina of Lynnfield. He was the loving brother of Margaret Benedict and Gloria Leone, both of Gloucester; and the late Amadeo Leone and Richard Leone. He was the cherished grandfather of Matthew Pescatore and his wife Pina of Tewksbury; Melissa Tognarelli and her husband Kirk of Tewksbury; Anthony Leone and his wife Sarah of Boston and Alicia Leone of Lynnfield. He was the proud great-grandfather of Matthew, Alex, Sofia, Mason and Stella Rose. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St. Melrose on Monday, Aug. 17. His funeral was held at the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 18, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Herbert Street, Melrose. Interment with Military Honors at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Memorial contributions may be made in Victor’s name to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Pl., Boston MA 02115 or at To send a message of condolence, please visit