Leonard went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2018, after a short illness with his loving family by his side. He was born in Tracy on October 1, 1932, to his parents Frank and Emilia Alegre.
In 1949, at the age of 16, he took over milking cows for his dad’s dairy. He wasn’t able to graduate from high school until later because he had to take care of the dairy for his father. He was drafted into the Army in 1954. After training, he was put into food service school and cooked for the soldiers. When he was discharged, he came home and was made partner in F. M. Alegre & Son Dairy.
In 1970, he married the love of his life, Linda. Together they raised six children. During his years as a dairyman, he was director of the Milk Testing Association and director and vice president of Associated Dairymen. He was also an alternate director of Western Dairyman Association. He served as secretary and vice president of St. Bernard’s Dads Club, and he coached CYO basketball for many years. He was also in charge of the auction for the St. Bernard’s Fall Festival for many years. He took the collection at church during Mass for at least 50 years. He became a director of Naglee Burk Irrigation District around 1970, and in 1983 he became president of the district.
For the past 20 years, Leonard worked for PMZ Real Estate in Manteca, where he was known as “Old Man” to all of his co-workers and friends.
Leonard was loved by everybody. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help anybody. He enjoyed sitting in the sun in his backyard and watching old western movies. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; and five children, Mike (Elsie) of Linden, Kim Smith (Dan) of Spanish Springs, Nevada, John of Tracy, Brian (Kim) of Stockton, and Lisa Cracraft (Jim) of Tracy. He had 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Marie Macedo-Hardin of Tracy, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Cathy Alegre; mother and father, Frank and Emilia Alegre; and siblings Frank Alegre, Emily Silveria, Rita Alegre, Tilly Fagundes and John Alegre.
A Rosary will be held at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., on Thursday, December 20, at 7:00 pm with visitation from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 21, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave., at 11:00 am. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy, CA 95376; or to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
A special thank-you and much appreciation for the wonderful care and thoughtfulness to his doctors, Dr. Sunil Patel, Dr. Rajiv Punjya, and Dr. Aibar Huatuco, and a special thank-you to all of the nurses and staff at Sutter Tracy Hospital.