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Leon R. Briggs

d. January 2, 2019

Briggs, Dr. Leon R. Jr., of Fox Hill Village Westwood, formerly of Needham, died January 2nd, 2019.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Leona Britton Briggs and his children Roben Selditz and her husband David of Maine, Leon R Briggs III of Florida, Lance Briggs MD and his wife Cindy of North Carolina and Rebecca Chafel DVM of Illinois, Lisa Hedrick and her husband Steven of Holliston, MA and Maribeth Breen and her husband Jack of CT. Adored grandfather of Kristen and Kate Hedrick, Sam and Andrew Briggs, Kylah and Corey Breen, and Franny Chafel.

Born in San Diego, CA in 1922. He is predeceased by his two brothers, Richard and Thomas, and his first wife, Nancy Morse Briggs, who died in 1974.
He was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1944, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, class of 1948, and Harvard Medical School, class of 1950. He received his training in psychiatry from Stanford University.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, who served in World War II and the Korean War. He retired as a Naval Captain after 30 years of active and reserve service.
He worked as a child psychiatrist for the Commonwealth of Mass for many decades.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., Westwood, on Tuesday, January 8th from 4:00-7:00 pm. Funeral from the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home on Wednesday morning, January 9th at 9:00 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St., Westwood at 10:00 am. Interment immediately following at Needham Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Briggs' memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Needham Cemetery


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