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Leo Cardini
(1948 - 2012)

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General Details

Name: Mr Leo Cardini
Gender: Male
Age: 64 years old
Lived: Thursday, 15 January 1948 - Wednesday, 4 July 2012

My Story

Leo Cardini was many things- a gifted writer, a Broadway enthusiast, a lover of the sun and the outdoors, a generous and caring man and my Uncle Bill's lifetime partner of over 30 years. 

Leo was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and received a full scholarship to study classical piano at the Boston Conservatory.  He soon discovered a passion for theater and transferred to Goddard College to finish his undergraduate studies. Leo met William Carroll at Northeastern University in 1975, where Leo received a Masters degree in counseling.  Bill and Leo lived in Boston, New York and Lyndhurst, NJ, where they were joined in a civil union ceremony in 2007.  After many years on the East Coast, Bill and Leo retired to Palm Springs, CA in 2008.  Bill tragically passed away in 2009, and Leo rebuilt his life piece by piece without his life-long partner. 

 Leo was the author of several books and plays, including the erotic novel "Mineshaft Nights" and "Jack's Back", a musical comedy with an original take on the Jack the Ripper story.  Much to Leo;s delight, "Jack's Back" had just finished a successful run by the T. Schreiber Theatre in NY this spring.

 From the May 18, 2012 review by Lisa Jo Sagolla- 

" A spunky little musical, “Jack’s Back!” is lots more fun and far less disturbing than expected, considering its subject is Jack the Ripper. With lovingly derivative music and lyrics by Tom Herman, and a campy book by Elmer L. Kline (with Leo Cardini and Herman), this world premiere musical uses the notorious tale of the horrific murderer not to explore dark dramatic themes, but to send hugs and kisses to Gilbert & Sullivan, vaudeville, silent-film comedy, and Broadway musical theater conventions."

 Leo Cardini, who changed his name to that of his mother’s maiden name, is the son of Feconda Cardini Emord and the late Leo H. Emord.  He is survived by his mother Feconda "Fay" Cardini Emord, his sister Esther Coombes and his niece and nephew, Fay and Nat Coombes. 

 Recently, Leo had spent his time volunteering at Revivals, a consignment store in Palm Springs that directly benefits Desert AIDS Project.  Donations in his memory can be made to Desert AIDS Project. 

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For Leo and Bill today: thinking of you.  Epitaph by Don Blanding Do not carve on stone or wood, "He was honest"...
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Leo's ashes will be buried at Berlin Corner's Cemetary, in Berlin, VT on Friday, 10/26/2012 in the afternoon.
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THERE WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF LEO'S LIFE: SUNDAY 7/29/12 5PM TO 7PM AT MANHATTAN IN THE DESERT EAST PALM CANY...
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Leo-Please know that your kind smile brightened my day many times. As a new resident of the desert I always apprecia...
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Leo-Please know that your kind smile brightened my day many times. As a new resident of the desert I always apprecia...
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Dear Leo~Thank you so much for giving your time and being a part of Revivals/Desert AIDS Project. It is because of ge...
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I've known Leo for a couple of years. A kind and gentle soul, Leo was always quick with a hello and a smile. He was s...
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Dear Leo, aka Hughie, It’s been difficult for me to post this as it hard for me to believe that you are really gone....
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Leo was a wonderful man and great neighbor. At Christmas he would bake dozens of cookies and shared with us. It was...
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so sorry to have lost you, you were always a pleasure to be with, we had many good times at the beach ben

Biography

Fathers Name: Leo H. Emord
Mothers Name: Feconda Cardini Emord
Spouse's Name: William Carroll
Siblings Names: Esther Coombes
Country of Birth: USA
City of Residence: Palm Springs, CA
Marital Status: Widowed

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Passing

Place of Passing: Palm Springs, CA
Date of Passing: 4 July 2012
Cause of Passing: coma brought on by severe hematoma, following an accidental fall through a glass door in Leo's home.

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