Sean Leahy Obituary, Death – James “Sean” Leahy, 75 years old, the devoted spouse of Joyce (Potonic) Leahy, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at Waterbury Hospital. He was a patient there. He was present at the medical facility. Before he was born on March 2, 1947, in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, he was predeceased by his parents, James Leahy and Teresa (Chiappetta) Leahy. He was named after his late parents. James served his country with honor while stationed in Vietnam with the United States Army.

He was a longtime resident of Naugatuck. He had been stationed in Vietnam up until this point in time. He was a regular at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, where he also served as a reader. His attendance there was consistent. He was an engaged participant in the conversation there. In addition to his wife Joyce, he is survived by a large number of people who were very close to him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for the individual who has passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 11 a.m., and it will take place at St. Vincent Church in Naugatuck, Connecticut. To express your sympathy and condolences online, kindly click on the following link:…

Last I’d heard, Sean Leahy had just set the fastest knockout record for the USKA at 13 secs. Tonight, I learned that he had passed. A giant warrior of a man, he & I arrived at The Basic School on the same day in 2011, exactly when we were supposed to but missing the instructor course which normally had 8-20 instructors that had started the week prior.

The two of us had to do a course together, starting with a PFT. We both climbed the bar and breezed out 20 pull-ups, took turns doing crunches, then both tip-tapped our way side-by-side through 3 miles at about a 17:45 pace. Training alongside Sean that day was when I knew I had found where I belonged.

I trained Marines alongside him for the years after, and later worked with Sean to build a case study about one of his more difficult days as a CAAT platoon commander in Afghanistan. He was an outstanding Marine, and the world was better to have had him be a part of it.

I don’t know what happened to you – but I’ll never forget and always remember you as the competitor, the athlete, the Marine that on day one made me feel like I’d found where I belonged. Semper Fidelis, fair winds, and following seas until I see you again. ~ Josh Hartley