The Life of Theodore Conley Leydon
Ted Theodore Conley Leydon, Junior
Ted Leydon, 63, of Oaklyn NJ passed away March 21, 2018 at home with his loving wife Denise. Born May 21, 1954 in Bryn Mawr, third child of Theodore C Leydon & Elizabeth “Betty” Yerger, he grew up in Gladwyne, PA.
He attended Booth School, South Kent (CT) 1974, and Dean College (MA) 1976. He finished his BS at NY State Un. while in the Navy: 1981 to 1984; assigned to Attack Squad 165 with a service rank AQAN. In later years he received an Honorary PhD from Georgetown Un. in Geology for his findings in Antarctica.
Ted had several lifelong passions, among them travel: he had been around the globe more than 28 times, and made friends everywhere he went; Psychic & Palmistry work and fairs, eclectic collecting of shells & curiosities, antiquing & frequent road trips as a driver or the eternal explorer.
He is predeceased by his parents, and Annmarie Wright (first wife), survived by his wife Denise Mounayar, his Aunt and Uncle Dorothy “Dottie” & Ed Sheffield of Chestnut Hill, and children Cassandra O’Flynn (Daniel), TC Leydon, III (Melanie), sisters Kathy L. Kahan & Elizabeth “Tina” Leydon. His grandchildren are Danny O’Flynn & Sophie Rose Leydon, and nephews Chris & Devin Kahan.
Ted was a kind and gentle soul who used his unique gifts to help others. There will be a gravesite service at West Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Pa. at 12 pm April 19, 2018, directly followed by a Celebration of Life at home in NJ. If needed, more details will be on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Colon Cancer research, or a charity of choice.
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My family and I met Ted and Denise at Leaugeay Weber's house in 2014. We had gathered there to visit with friends and family.
Ted came over to say hello, and read our hair! We were beyond intrigued. The bonus was that we learned all about Ted, and Denise and what amazing adventures they had. Ted was quite the interesting individual, and his life's stories were unforgettable.
But here is one thing that Ted helped me with as I was going through a very difficult time with some business Associates. He kindly helped me by sharing his experiences in some business dealings he had. Ted's act of listening and kindness made an ugly difficult time funny. I will never forget this. Ted had a way of making a tough time a learning experience that became a positive happening.
Not many people are able to see through the clouds for the Ray of Hope and sun shine like Ted could. He also was able to give Grace to people even if they did not deserve it. Another beautiful attribute in my book.
These are the wonderful memories and thoughts I will always keep close in my mind of Ted - kindness and grace.
Thank you Ted, what an honor to know you. Rest easy dear friend.
Andrea Genduso and family.
Diner counter encounter.
Diner counter encounter. Met Ted at a restaurant where we both regularly ate breakfast. One day we struck up conversation and our meet ups evolved into a somewhat regular occurrence.
Teddy was someone who marched to the beat of a different drum. He had a huge sense of wonder and curiosity and his penchant for the occult and psychic phenomena made him an interesting person in my mind. We also shared interests in collecting, thus many of our discussions revolved around our respective collecting proclivities
I was deeply saddened to learn of his cancer diagnosis and and the requisite treatments and hospital trips made our breakfasts less frequent.
Over time it seemed as his condition was stabilizing, if not improving, and I was looking forward to resuming our breakfasts in the short term.
Tragically, it was not to be. But I am glad for the times we did share and hope that wherever he is, he is at peace.
I am heartened by the memories I have of / with him, both singly and with Denise.
I will miss my friend. Breakfast is unequivocally not the same without him.
Safe passage Daddyo.