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Obituary - Samuel (Sam) Leo

Samuel (Sam) Leo

Date of Passing: June 19th, 2008

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In memory of Sam, the family requests donations to the "Sam Leo Health Care Scholarship Fund" at the T.R. Proctor High School. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Salvatore Samuel Donald (Sam) Leo, 86, of Utica, former owner of Progressive Cleaners and Formal Wear located at 319 South St., Utica, entered into eternal life on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the Heritage Health Care Center, with his loving family at his bedside. He was born April 15, 1922, in Rochester, the son of the late Cosmo and Grace Annese Leo. At an early age, he came to Utica and was educated in Utica schools. On January 6, 1945, Sam married the love of his life, Lucy Maria Tramont, a blessed union of 61 years, until her passing in 2006. In 1927, Sam's father opened a tailoring shop on Bleecker St. in Utica and operated it until his illness in 1934. Sam, who was 15 years old at the time, left school and took over as "head man" directing his four siblings as well as his mother in expanding the business to what became known as Progressive Cleaners and Formal Wear. In 1972, Donald Leo, Sam's son, joined the business as vice president. In 2001, Sam Leo, III, Donald's son, began working in the tuxedo department. After 76 years of serving the Utica area, Sam retired and everyone else decided to pursue other goals. Sam was very active in the community, serving as past president of the Central New York Cleaners and Dryers Association, was a former member of the Moose and Elks Clubs, was a charter member of the East Utica Optimist Club, was a past president of the Utica Optimist Club, was a past president of the South Street Merchants Association and was a current member of the Whitestown Optimist Club. He is survived by his beloved sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel (Donald) and Frances (Perretta) Leo of Deerfield and Cosmo Thomas and Robyn (Paulson) Leo of New Hartford; two sisters, Angeline Nicholson of FL and Grace Miccoli of Utica; grandchildren, Theresa Ann Leo and Nick Nobles, Samuel Donald Leo, III and Kristy Williamson, Jessica Leo, Anthony and Nicole Leo, Nicole Leo and Carl Paulson and Sarah Leo; three great grandchildren, Samantha Paulson and Niko and Aidan Leo; his extended family, Joey and Ashley; and several nieces and nephews. His funeral will be Monday at 9:15 am from the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica/New Hartford and 10 am from the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Calling hours are Sunday (today) from 2-5 pm at the funeral home. The Leo family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Tisch and Dr. Eldridge for the great care given to Sam as well as the Heritage Health Care Center, especially Betty on 2 West.

Condolences:

Dave and I would like to send our deepest condolences to Don, Butch, and their families for their loss. Uncle Sam was an amazing man and he helped to shape the lives of so many people. We always held him in such high esteem and we will miss him very much.
Sharon Tramont Abelove

Don I know how close you and your father were. It was marvelous how you cared for his well being and comfort. No one could have asked for a better son. He was a good man and an outstanding citizen, unselfishly giving of his time and talents. He touched the hearts of many and will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Jon Hynes

I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much it hurts!The Heritage is not the place to go for rehab. I am sure you experienced the same as we did. Please be in touch!!!!
karen

DON & FAMILY, WE WERE VERY SADDENED TO HEAR OF SAM'S PASSING. HE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL & FUNNY MAN! WE WILL FOREVER REMEMBER HIM @ PROGRESSIVE, ALWAYS MAKING US FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE FAMILY! OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
DONNA (RAY) & DANNY DELLANNO

Please accept my deepest sympathys on the loss of your dad. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Donna Dye
Donna Maire Dye

My deepest condolences to Donald and Butch, and their families. My brothers and sisters and I have many very special memories of our Uncle Sam. He was such a warm, supportive and very talented man. He and your families will be in our thoughts and prayers. Linda, Lorraine, Cosmo, Stephen and Gerald (Samuel) Leo, and families.
Jerry Leo

To the family of Sam Leo, my deepest sympathy to all. He was a good man, and an inspiration to his family, and the entire community. May God hold him near.
Dave Laurey