Leo J. Small

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Our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Leo J. Small of Vienna, Virginia, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2023 at the age of 92. A true family man of honor and duty, he willbe admired and loved forever.

Leo was born in Massachusetts, an adored only child. He began a fulfilling career with the federal government in 1950. He married the love of his life, Connie, on Valentine’s Day 1953.Together, they raised five children, and lived and traveled all over the world.

Leo was the first in his family to attend college, earning a degree in political science from George Washington University. He completed all of his studies while working full-time and coming home to a house full of children.


After 30 years, Leo retired from his first career and then co-founded a telecommunications consulting firm that he and his business partner ran successfully for another 30 years.

Leo’s passion for decades was amateur ham radio. Family homes could easily be identified by the large antenna in each backyard. His interest in technology and electronics lasted throughout his life. Leo built many things for fun, including a color TV in the 1960’s and a computer. He found delight in dogs, cats, and babies.

Although he accomplished so many things through his talent and work ethic, Leo always said that the most important thing he did in his life was to marry Connie. They were together for almost 70 years.

Leo is survived by his children, Cynthia Roubie, Michele Goldenberg (Marty), Leo Small III, Catherine Stephens (Dale); seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his dear wife, Connie, daughter Linda Klotz, and one grandson.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 31 6:00-8:00 pm at Money & King Funeral Home in Vienna, Virginia. Services will be held Thursday, June 1 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia. A private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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  1. The Small home was the place to be in Monrovia. Always very lively and loving! I am sorry for your loss. Thanks for publishing his obituary. One never really sees the parent of one’s childhood friends as people; I was very intrigued to read about his radio work. He was a man with many interests!

  2. With having spent several years working with Leo and then as an employee of Kerr-Small, I knew him to be a dedicated individual intent on seeing his own efforts, as well as those in his charge, accomplished in the best possible manner. Please accept the condolences of my wife, Brenda, and myself. May he rest in God’s peace.

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