James Leo

James E. Leo

1936 - 2022

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Obituary of James E. Leo

Longtime Essex, Connecticut resident James E. Leo died January 21, 2022, at age 85. Jim, son of James Joseph Leo III & Lillian Burke Leo, was born February 20, 1936, into an Irish working-class family with deep roots in Jersey City, New Jersey. An avid basketball player, Jim graduated from St. Aloysius High School in Jersey City and went on to play for Seton Hall University while earning his degree. Jim lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey until relocating to Essex, Connecticut in 1984. Jim spent most of his career in sales at IBM and in real estate. A natural storyteller with quick wit and humor, Jim captivated every audience no matter the setting. He embraced new friendships at any age and once you crossed his path you were considered a friend. He cast a wide net on those he loved and would give you the shirt off his back. Jim manifested humility, empathy, and kindness. Jim Leo made people feel good. Jim was a man of faith, a devoted Catholic, and family man. Every morning he watched 9:00am mass and said the rosary. His faith was his foundation, as it gave him purpose, taught him gratitude, and brought him peace and fulfillment. Jim’s greatest gifts were his grandchildren Billy, Collin, Whitney, and Dustin. Known as “Grand Dad,” Jim proudly shared the accomplishments of his grandkids; never missing a basketball game or the opportunity to treat for ice cream. Jim was always there to share a story and a laugh. Jim was a man whose charm and humor set him apart; he was one of a kind. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 40 years, Lucy M. Leo, mother to his daughters Christina Strain & Katherine (and Todd) Smith and sons James, John, Edward, and Jeffrey Leo. As Jim would say “it’s always a pleasure but it's time to pull the pin”. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022, from 5:00-7:00pm at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral home, 34 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 10:30am at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 14 Prospect Street in Essex. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jim's name to the Essex Library Association, 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT 06426. To share a memory of Jim or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, January 31, 2022
Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home
34 Main Street
Centerbrook, Connecticut, United States

Funeral Mass

10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
14 Prospect Street
Essex, Connecticut, United States

Prayers of Committal

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Riverview Cemetery
North Main Street
Essex, Connecticut, United States