Robert J. Leddy

Robert J. Leddy, sportswriter, track official and film historian, passed away peacefully on Saturday in his home in Providence, RI. Born in Pawtucket in 1945, he lived in Providence and California before joining the Marines in 1964. He began his career at the Providence Journal part time as a wire room and copy editor assistant. He then pursued a journalism degree at URI and started working full time at the ProJo as sportswriter. His beat was high school sports. For the next 17 years he dedicated his life to covering these often overlooked athletes. His specialty during this time was Track & Field, and his encyclopedic knowledge and passion for this sport came through in his writing. As longtime friend Jim Doyle said, “his love of Track & Field was a blessing for the track and field athletes in Rhode Island. All of a sudden we went from having little or no coverage in the pages of the Journal to having someone who finally respected and recognized the dedicated Track & Field athletes he was covering.” After retiring from the Journal in 2001 he worked as a correspondent for the RI Track and Field Foundation. For his contributions to the sport he was inducted into the RI Interscholastic League Hall of Fame in 2016. In the last decade he took on a second career as a film historian. Always a movie buff, he regularly graced the ProJo’s editorial pages with columns on actors and directors who interested him. He particularly enjoyed the films of Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Jane Campion, Ingmar Bergman, and Spike Lee. His personal collection of films exceeded 1300. Throughout his life his kindness and wry, self –deprecating sense of humor endeared him to all who met him. He be will greatly missed as a unique and intellectually curious man. He is survived by his 3 sons – Cyrus, Paul, and Christian, his daughter-in-law Shannon, and his ex-wife Judy Ellinwood. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 11:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held one hour to the service beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to the RI Track and Field Foundation 420 Stony Lane North Kingstown, RI 02852.

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Scott Morrison - 02/26/2017

Dear Leddy family,
I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. He came into a store I used to work in on a regular basis. We used to all gravitate to where he was shopping because he was just so very genuinely nice. He was always very pleasant to talk with and he made my day when I got to chat with him. I remember when he got his new television. We were talking about being able to keep his old sound system with his new television. Fortunately for him, I gave him some good advise and he was able to keep his system intact and he was very grateful for that. I was just thinking about him yesterday. I saw a copy of a book written by his friend and it brought up memories of your dad. Again, I am very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

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