Supreme Knight recalls Robert Leeney as a superb journalist, a devoted Knight and “a true Catholic gentleman.”
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson on July 8 offered “heartfelt condolences” to the family of Robert Leeney, the retired editor of the New Haven Register, a 27-year member of the Knights of Columbus who died Sunday at the age of 92. Leeney is survived by his sister Margaret, daughter Anne and son David.
“Bob Leeney was not only a great friend of the Knights of Columbus, but he was the very embodiment of the true Catholic gentleman that we all aspire to be,” Anderson said. “He was a superb journalist whose hallmarks as a newspaperman included love for his home town of New Haven, for his family, his church and his country.”
“He was also a devoted Knight, and when we celebrated our 100th year in 1982, Bob wrote ‘Centennial Celebration,’ a book that traced the history of our first hundred years,” Anderson continued.
In his regular Saturday column, ‘Editor’s Note,” which he wrote for many years after his retirement, he would periodically feature a Knights of Columbus activity that he found to be particularly worthy. And when we received the Seal of the City Award from the New Haven Museum and Historical Society in 2006, it was Bob Leeney who happily took on the duties of master of ceremonies.”
“We will miss Bob’s well-crafted prose, his gentle good humor and most of all, his friendship,” Anderson said. “But we also celebrate a long life well-lived, and know that now, after years of living alone, he is reunited with his beloved wife Anne.”