Ronan, Leo James, age 60, of Braintree, MA, died February 1, 2021 after a long illness. Born in Boston on September 29, 1960 to Patricia (Sullivan) and the late Leo J. Ronan, Leo graduated from Boston College High School and the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Police Science. A retired and much admired Boston Police detective, Leo proudly served 32 years with the BPD. A highly decorated police officer and detective, he was a recipient of the George Hanna Award, the Commissioner's Award, and a Governor's Citation for his years of service. Although he achieved immeasurable professional success, his family was his first and fiercest love.
He is survived by his family, his mother Patricia Ronan (Sullivan) of Dorchester, his loving wife Judy Whalen of Braintree, his adored children KerryAnne and her fiancé Joseph Jenkins of Weymouth, Leo Jr. and his fiancé, Brittany Sprague of Boston, his precious granddaughter, Isla Jenkins. Former wife Donna (Reardon) Ronan. His brothers, Dennis and wife Gail of Westwood, Patrick and his wife Maria of Rockland, Michael and his wife Ana of Sharon, and Brian of Boston, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Leo was a selfless, compassionate man, the epitome of goodness, a loyal and loving friend and well-respected and proud police officer. He touched countless lives, and those who were lucky enough to know and love him are all the richer for having had him in their lives. Leo once said that, “even the baddest among us have good in them.” May that be his legacy - To always look for the good - just as Leo did, and surely you will find it too.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Detective Joe Gallant Memorial Foundation, 354 Weld St. West Roxbury, MA 02132
A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday Feb. 13 th at 10 am. This will be live streamed