Andover, MA. — Leo R. Macklin died Saturday, May 12, 2012. He was 90.
Born April 10, 1922 in North Andover, Leo was the youngest of seven children of the late John J. Macklin, a native of Keady, County Armagh, Northern Ireland and the late Rose Ellen Grimes, a native of Dover, New Hampshire.
Leo attended Bradstreet Elementary School in North Andover and Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, where he was an honors graduate of the class of 1940, the second class to graduate in the history of the school.
Leo worked for nearly four decades at the Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown, beginning in 1941 as a civilian junior clerk in the Purchasing Division. One year later, with the country at war, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves and was called to active duty at the Naval Receiving Station in Bath, ME.
During World War II Leo initially served on board the USS LeJeune AP74 and later served on board the USS Sanctuary. Following three and a half years on active wartime duty, Yeoman First Class Macklin received an honorable discharge and was awarded several service honors, including ribbons for service in European, African, Middle Eastern and Pacific theaters and the Navy's Good Conduct Medal.
After the war Leo returned to civilian employment in the purchasing division at the Boston Navy Yard. In 1974, Leo transferred to Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA, where he worked as a supervisory contracting officer in the Base Procurement Office until his retirement from federal service in 1979.
In retirement Leo began what turned out to be a second career in golf. He worked for 30 years at North Andover Country Club where he was the assistant to the golf professional. In a well-remembered round on August 21, 1983, Leo scored a hole-in-one, acing the 167-yard 11th hole.