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Obituary: Dr. Frederic Leong

Published in The Westerly Sun February 8, 2015

Dr. Frederic Leong, 76, of Westerly, passed away on Feb. 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Frederic was the beloved husband of Cheryl (Hanson) Leong, and son to the late Frederic Leong, and Ng Lai-Ha.

Besides his devoted wife of 45 years, he leaves behind three children, Kimberly, Richard, Corey, and his wife Angela, as well as one grandchild, Maximus Leong. Frederic was looking forward to meeting his soon-to-be grandson. He will be sorely missed by his siblings: Norman Leong and his wife Doris, and Howard Leong and his wife Jean, several nieces and nephews, and his life-long college friends of 55 years, The Chinque.

Born in Hong Kong, China, Frederic came to America at the age of 8. He was a graduate of Winchester High School, located in Mass., and attended Tufts University as well as Tufts Medical School. Dr. Leong served his internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boston, Mass.; and his residency at Rhode Island Hospital, and The Children’s Hospital in Boston, where he was the Chief Resident. After completing his residency Frederic joined the military in Fort Carson, for two years, before retiring as a Major. Continuing with education as a doctor, he completed one year of fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital in Child Development, before coming to Westerly in 1974, where he joined The Westerly Medical Center. Nine years later Frederic went into private practice, and at the same time started working as a physician for Grasso Technical School in Groton, Conn. He also worked with many companies, such as; Harris Corporation, Imperial Wallpaper, American Felt and Filter, etc. Eventually, Dr. Leong regretfully ended his practice due to illness.

After retirement, he enjoyed travelling the world with his wife Cheryl, reading, movies, long car rides, and trying every new food that he could. Frederic dedicated his life to help others; he even made home visits, and never lost his passion for children’s medicine. Frederic’s family and friends would describe him as loyal, and extremely compassionate.

Calling hours for Dr. Frederic Leong will be held on Wednesday at Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Christ Church, 7 Elm St. Westerly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, W Falmouth, MA 02574, or by visiting, For online condolences please visit