Mark Josef Leonardi, 49, of Sanibel, passed away at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers on Sunday December 30th after a brief battle with cancer. Mark was born on February 22, 1969 in Plymouth, Massachusetts and came to Sanibel with his family in 1978.
Mark graduated from Cypress Lake High School in 1986. He earned a living working in the landscaping business on Sanibel. Mark was an avid, life-long fisherman, boater, and a certified diver.
Mark was a skilled angler, rarely coming home empty-handed. He had a particular passion for offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. For years he spent many weekends far offshore on chartered trips to the Dry Tortugas among friends. He also enjoyed owning and operating his own boat, regularly fishing the waters around Sanibel.
Mark spent his life on the water, and there was nowhere else that he would rather be.
Mark is survived by his parents, Peter and Karin Leonardi of Sanibel, brother, Peter Leonardi and partner Lynn Kompinski of Sanibel, sister, Tanya Batke of Fort Myers, brother-in-law, Derek Batke, and nephews, Zachary Leonardi, Nicholas Leonardi, Dominik Batke and Cristian Batke.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the doctors and nurses at the Hope Hospice in Shell Point Village. Their compassionate care and guidance were truly a blessing during this most difficult time.
A memorial service will be held at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home at 1600 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, 33907 on Saturday, January 12th at 10 A.M., friends of Mark are invited and welcomed to attend.
Friends are also encouraged to visit https://www.harvey-engelhardt.com/tributes to leave condolences, or share a memory or photo.