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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.

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16 Guestbook messages for Leonard J. “Lenny” Verucci, Jr.

  • Even though we were not at blood you will always be my big brother and thank you for the great aventures that we had when we were younger and the things that you taught me. About life an love of music trips To néw york Deliver factor mail. You were always have a special place in my heart set don’t forget to watch over all of us an. Les and the kids love you always.

  • Loving thoughts and prayers to Leslie, Dion, Stef, Heather and Mya. You are our dear friends. We will miss Hughes so much. Lots of great laughs and memories of places traveled with Hughes and Leslie. SR always enjoyed having Hughes on the side lines at the football games with so many laughs. fly high dear friend, we love you and will miss you dearly 💔 SR & Marnita

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Leslie, Heather, Dion and Mya and no words I can offer right now can help. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I remember very well that “folder” for the Disney trip, Heather and pretty sure it might have needed it’s own suitcase. ❤ Keep all the fond and wonderful memories you have close to your hearts. Don’t hesitate to ask if yo need anything.
    Love you
    Tammy Layer

  • Our hearts and thoughts are with you all. We will miss you dearly. Love and hugs , Nate & Regan

  • LESLIE and family,
    Prayers

  • Thoughts and prayers to the Verucci family. Hughes was a very caring person and will be missed by many. Blue hearts forever. Fly high!

  • Leslie, I am so sorry to learn of the death of your husband. You have my deepest sympathies.

  • Leslie,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss.

    While you are feeling an overwhelming sense of loss, take comfort in knowing that heaven gained and awesome angel. An awesome angel is up there looking out for you and all he loved. As wonderful as he was, I am certain he will find ways to let you know, somehow that he is and will always be with you.

    My thoughts are with you and your family along with prayers of comfort. Hugs too!

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
    Cyndi

  • Les, Dion and family I am so sorry for your loss. From hearing your stories Lenny sounded larger then life. He leaves a strong legacy and I know his days on earth were spent loved.

  • So very sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember the days in Summit Pond fondly due to your family. He was a great guy and always brought a smile to my face.

  • Len , although we have only been co-workers , friends for 5 years , it somehow seemed liked we were astranged friends that reconnected. We just quickly hit it off and had many many deep conversations on how we had the answers to so many issues on the world stage! We could easily fix all the issues here at work , well maybe not but we had our opinions. We also seemed to have the same likes and dislikes in everyday life , both raised in tough Italian families , oooh the war stories! You certainly have had an impact on myself and it has been a pleasenat one , yes you had a bark to you but i was able to break through that armor clad you wore well.You absolutely had a great heart , very quick witted. It was a short time for sure , you will be remembered fondly and missed well beyound this life. I want your family to know how much you spoke of them also , defintely a proud man. Farewell my friend , Len would understand this–INDEED–

  • Dear Leslie, Heather, Dion, Stef and Mya, I am so very sorry for your loss, Lenny was bigger than life and enjoyed it the fullest! You are all in my thoughts and prayers, sending you much love and virtual hugs. Please reach out if you need anything. Darcy

  • RIP Lenny, I am going to miss seeing . You will always have a place in my heart!❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾

  • Our deepest condolences to the Verucci family on the loss of a kind, selfless person. Lenny set an example in giving of his time & talents that many of us should learn to follow. As a member of my ‘football family’ – MOT, MHS & New Castle Saints – I will always have the memories of his smile, sense of humor…which, at times, totally lost me :)… and his genuine concern & love for others, especially the kids of MOT. Sending you prayers for comfort and healing. Lenny’s spirit will always remain with us. ~~ Kenny (Coach) Ford
    ECCLESIASTES 3:1-4
    There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…

  • sorry for your loss prayers to your family i met you years ago at joes

  • We were so sorry to hear the passing of Lenny. He was such a wonderful guy and we enjoyed all the fun times we had during football. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.