Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company Museum

Leonard Ipri

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.      

                                                   Bottom (L-R) Tommy Reutter, Jerry Graichen
                                                   and Leonard. Top (L-R) Bob Iasillo, Guy Mazzanti
                                                   Jack Snow, and Tony Vaz.  Rainbow Rapids is in
                                                   the background.




10 thoughts on “Leonard Ipri

  1. Is that the vintage firetruck in the picture above? Dad looks quite handsome! We miss him.

  2. Just realized that it’s been 2 years since he left us. We miss him too!

  3. Jeanne Fallon on said:

    Coming in here once in awhile would be great, as we miss our parents terribly. Thank you for posting this site. We will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sat. Hope to see you there.

  4. Jacquelyn Foote on said:

    I miss Len Ipri too —- what a terrific guy he was

    Len always treated everyone with civility , courtesy , and respect —-
    with his humble gracious manner .

    No matter what the relationship —- Len ‘s loyalty & friendship
    ” shined ” !

    The way he lived his life touched all in the most positive way .
    His was indeed an exemplary life in all that he accomplished for his
    community as well as his family .

    Sincerely ,
    Bill Foote

  5. Janet on said:

    Bruce Springsteen’s song Racing in the street (Paramount Theater 2009)
    is a simple reminder that Leonard lives among us everyday in Spirit….
    and racing in the streets on Ocean Terrace in his mustang.

  6. Somepeople walk thisEarth and never make a footprint and some people’s footprints never wash away. Mazzanti’s all.

  7. There is so much history about Seaside Heights and how it evolved
    since the early 1900’s. Once upon a time, Seaside was a renowned
    fishing community with an Ice House, families who worked the
    fishing vessels with horses that pulled in the load.
    What about the Hiering Family and Mesanko family story.
    Please share their legacy too.

  8. Happy Birthday Leonard.

  9. Hurricane Sandy rolled ashore with a vengace on October 29th. 2012
    in Seaside Heights. Sandy was “one of kind that comes
    around once in our lifetime.”

    Leonard was among all in Spirit that terrible night.
    Leonard was right there among you.
    Protecting lives within his fortress by the Sea
    Leonards beloved Firehouse, bunker Station 44.
    Never to be forgotten Leonard Ipri.

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