This week 25 years ago, on July 13, Ridgefield lost Elizabeth (Liz) Leonard to lung cancer, inspiring a paper full of articles, editorials, letters, notes, and even the weekly comic, dedicated to her, her political career, and her effect on the town. She was a state representative, first selectman, selectman, committee member, and in her early years was a reporter for various newspapers. Above all, she was a public servant.
First Selectman Sue Manning wrote, “We have never had a more dedicated town official. We will miss her enthusiasm and aggressive pursuit of what she believed was in the town’s best interest. God bless her and give her peace.”