Leonard J. “Lenny” Verucci, Jr.
July 2, 1954 - April 28, 2021
Leonard J. “Lenny” Verucci, Jr. (lovingly known by his football family as Hughes), age 66, of Middletown, DE, left us too early in life on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. This loss has left a huge hole in our hearts that will never be refilled. He made our family complete.
Born in Wilmington, DE on July 2, 1954, he was the son of the late Leonard J. Verucci, Sr and Connie (Alford) Verucci. Lenny made his career in shipping and receiving for County Insulation in New Castle, retiring this year. He enjoyed family gatherings, his travels to Europe and keeping his yard and garage in shape. He could always be seen during nice days on his riding mower. He also loved music (especially the rock band, YES) and each year renewed his love hate relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles. His favorite football though, was watching his son play for MOT Youth Football and Middletown High School. He spent many a Saturday on the MOT youth football and cheerleading fields setting up and cleaning up after long days of games. He also enjoyed his time as a member of the Middletown High School Football team chain-gang. Later in life, he became interested in duck decoys (with the help of his friends) and had started his own collection that he cared deeply for. His favorite time was sitting at home making plans with Heather (getting his folder for the Disney trip), playing games with his family, listening to music, laughing and talking about old times. He enjoyed helping and watching Heather learn how to work with tools to create her crafts and help her come up with ideas on redoing items. They would often be seen hanging in the driveway discussing the morning MMR Preston and Steve broadcast and world events. He often discussed how proud and amazed he was of Dion and Stef and how hard they were working on their home learning “how to do” on You-Tube.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 41 ½ years of marriage, Leslie C. (Flowers) Verucci, his daughter and loved confidant Heather Verucci of Middletown and his son Leonard “Dion” (Stef). He has one granddaughter for whom he was very proud of, Mya Brown and her goals for the future. His siblings Joseph Verucci (Delores) of Lewes, and Bridget Cucura of Georgetown and nieces and nephews. His BFF, our family dog, Diogi. In addition to his parents, Lenny was preceded in death by his sisters, Sharon, Penny and Kim.
The family would like to give thanks to the Providers and Staff at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, whom he always talked about with great appreciation. A special Thank You to Dr. Lindsay Romak, Dr. Evin Lapinsky and Shirley Brogley.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. A funeral service will begin at 11 am on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. Interment will follow in Old Drawyers Cemetery, 2839 Dupont Parkway, Middletown, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lenny’s memory to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.