With great personal sadness, we announce the death of our dear friend, colleague, and mentor Leonard Bellanca. Leonard passed away Thursday, April 25 at his Mechanicsburg home.

In September 2008, the APC Board of Directors asked the APC staff to take on the services of an engineering consultant. Fortunately, Leonard was available and thus began an 11-year relationship that was fruitful for the entire industry. Leonard worked on the industry’s behalf right up to the end, attending an April 23 Risk Allocation meeting and reporting in on Thursday about his research on best-value design-build procurement.

Leonard Bellanca grew up near Wilmington, DE and as a young boy watched the final construction of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. He knew at the time he wanted to be a bridge builder.

His career as a registered Professional Engineer began at Modjeski and Masters in bridge design and construction. He moved on to work for Wagman, Inc. in York for 32 years, ultimately retiring in 2000 as Senior Vice President of the Bridge Division.

Leonard served his industry as well. He was a past president of the Harrisburg Section of ASHE. Early in his career he admired how Hempt Brother’s, Inc. construction chief Ray Grove managed APC’s technical committee and fashioned his own leadership of APC’s Risk Allocation Committee accordingly. In 2000, Leonard was awarded APC’s highest honor for volunteerism, the James J. Skelly Award.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Thursday, May 2 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Burial will take place in Mechanicsburg Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, May 1 at Malpezzi Funeral Home, 8 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg.

A link to the PennLive obituary may be found here.