Leonard was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1923. After studying accounting and finance at Bentley University, he joined the Army Air Corp and was stationed in Newark, New Jersey. As Tech Sargent, he oversaw Secret and Top-Secret documentation during World War II. When asked what he would like people to know about his service, Leonard said, “I did my job.”
He and his late wife Helen raised 9 children, and now have 25 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
After the war, Leonard became an amateur baseball legend, and still holds the title of President of the Metropolitan Collegiate Summer Baseball of Illinois. His positive coaching, managing, mentoring and promoting of Amateur Baseball led him to be awarded with the International Athletic Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the Pitch & Hit Clubs Bill Veeck Lifetime Achievement Award; PONY Baseball’s Wall of Fame; CABA State Director of the Year and many other local baseball organization, volunteer and civic community work awards.
Leonard remains a positive motivating force for Care Center family staff and friends, providing positive thoughts and words to motivate others each day including:
Leonard DiForte’s 7 Steps to Success:
- Love yourself.
- Ask “Who am I? What is my purpose?”
- What is your strength – if you don’t know, find it. What are you good at?
- Improve on your strength.
- Set a goal – what do you hope to achieve?
- Believe in yourself and your creator. “If you believe you will achieve.”
- Work hard until you achieve your goal.
The Daily Order of Priorities for a Successful Life:
- Faith – believe in your creator.
- Do the best that you can.
Leonard’s Daily Motivational Tips:
- Always challenge yourself in work and life.
- Always speak positive – Positive thoughts create positive action.
- Use your mind to mentor your brain. Tell your brain what it needs to today,
Morning Motivation – each morning tell yourself:
- I am well, I am strong, I am brave, I am positive.
- Ask “What can I do to make things better today?”