A Mass of Christian Burial for Fred Leo, 53, was offered today in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, West Seneca. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.
The West Seneca resident, a salesman and active Catholic layman, died Saturday (Sept. 16, 2000) in Sisters Hospital after a two-year battle against cancer.
Born in Cozenza, Italy, he came to Buffalo at age 12 and attended Holy Family School and Seneca Vocational High School, graduating as valedictorian in 1967. He received an associate's degree in mechanical technology from Erie Community College and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tri-State College in 1971.
After working briefly at Republic Steel Corp., he joined Carborundum Co. as a sales engineer in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to Sandvik Coromant of New Jersey as a senior sales and technical representative based in Buffalo. Over a 20-year span, he achieved numerous sales honors, including the company's Man of the Year award in 1986 and top salesman for the Ohio Valley territory several times.
Leo taught religion at Queen of Heaven Church for four years and was a member of the church carnival's executive committee for many years and its chairman in 1996.
He was a Bills and Sabres fan and played poker monthly with friends from grammar school.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ellen Daly; a daughter, Renee M. of West Seneca; his parents, Olivio and Carmela of Cheektowaga; a sister, Emilia Cimato of Cheektowaga; and three brothers, Ron of Orchard Park, Enzo of Jamestown and Raphael of Lancaster.