PORTLAND — Lee Joseph Leavitt, 50, died on Jan. 4.

Leavitt was born on Oct. 30, 1961.

Although he accomplished much in his life, the gift he shared was the love that he demonstrated every day. His family and friends knew his willingness to continue to fight in face of the challenges he confronted throughout his life was beyond human comprehension.

Everyone who knew him understood how much he cherished his family and friends. He was also an extraordinarily dedicated physical therapist and felt honored to be a part of other people’s healing. He had a generous heart and a gentle spirit that was always present in times of need or doubt.

Leavitt was a compassionate man, thoughtful and authentic, and his spirit and love will live on in all of those he cared for and loved.

He is survived by his wife Manon; two children Alexandra and Zachary; parents Marilyn and Richard; sisters Ellen and Julie; brother Todd; and his extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held in his memory on Jan. 28 at the South Portland Church of the Nazarene, 525 Highland Ave., South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, c/o Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to the Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101.