Leonard was the inspiration and provided the vision for the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company Museum. He was 89 years old when he passed away on February 3, 2010. Leonard moved with his family to Seaside Heights from Philadelphia in 1920 at the age of 8. A veteran of World War II, Leonard later owned the Sweet Shoppe on the Boulevard and served as Superintendent of Public Works from 1965 until he retired in 1992. Leonard was a devoted member of the fire company for more than 50 years and served as Fire Chief for six years. Many of the historical pieces contained in the Museum collection were donated to the Museum by Leonard, including dozens of vintage photographs.