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Dr. William John (Bill) Leary Jr. 1940 - 2013
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September 17, 2013
Dear Barb, it was so much fun having you and Bill as friends in Venice, Fl. I pray you find peace and comfort through your family and friends at this time. I look forward to being with you again in Fl. Pat Fish, Venice Fl.
August 25, 2013
Bill's passing will leave a great void in public school education. Bill was an educators' educator. My condolences to his family.
August 13, 2013

Barbara, I was shocked to read of Bill's passing. I know that the lose will come with great saddness each day but pray you will be strengthened by all the wonderful memories you shared and the love of your family. Working with you on house hunting and beyond I have always considered us friends and am sorry keeping up when people move always proves to be a challenge but I have often thought of your family and have always appreciated your friendship. We had fun and now I think of Bill's concern regarding ceiling heat in the shepherd hills house and how he came to love it. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and the children.

Liz Hieter
Your Realtor and friend
August 13, 2013
Dr. Leary was a confident educator that served as a role model for those in the superintendent's position.
August 13, 2013
Please accept our heartfelt thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your many happy memories spent as a family will bring you comfort. Both my husband and I were fortunate to have known and worked with Dr. Leary in East Penn. His caring attitude and expertise for our district and staff will always be remembered.

Betty & Merle Conner Lake Ariel, PA
August 12, 2013
sorry Barb about your lost and also for family and children. he did all he could for any one. GOD Bless. EILEEN ,WAYNESBORO PA.
August 12, 2013
My Wife Kathy and I send our deepest sympathies to the Leary Family as they mourn the passing of "Dr. Bill." His leadership within the East Penn School District as well as his diplomacy and cooperation with the EPEA was greatly appreciated. A colleague and friend, he will be missed by all who came to know him. Kathy and Jerry Dougherty
August 12, 2013
Dr. Leary was the best superintendent that Waynesboro had during my tenure as a teacher. You knew he would have your back! My sincere sympathy to his family.
August 11, 2013
May his soul rest in peace and may his family find solace with the Lord
August 11, 2013
As a teacher in East Penn, I admired Dr. Leary and always looked forward to his "first day" talks. He was a well-respected administrator and a personable gentleman. My condolences to your family.
August 11, 2013
I am sad to hear of Dr. Leary's passing. He was an inspiration to me from the first time I met him during my two hour East Penn interview. He knew all of the "rookies" names by the first day of school. When he hired me he said he "wanted a soldier for the level one foreign language classes." Much to the chagrin of others in the department, I never let him down. I thought of him often during my teaching career and will continue to do so fondly. He was a great advocate for education. So sorry for your loss.
August 10, 2013
I am most saddened to learn of the passage of Dr. Leary. I taught under him in the East Penn School District and grew to admire him as a professional and as a man. He will be sorely missed.
August 09, 2013
Dr. Leary was my superintendent when I was first hired in Waynesboro in 1975. He was absolutely our best superintendent and a man I admired very much. Truly a man of great integrity and vision. What I remember best is that he made each member of the staff feel valued and important. I am so sorry for your family's loss.
August 08, 2013
We will miss Bill coming in for lunch at the Penn Restaurant. We enjoyed the many conversations we shared. He was always willing to listen and help. Our deepest sympathy to the Leary Family.
August 08, 2013
Bill, my brother in law, was very unique, one of a kind. He had an exceptional skill with young adults, a role model for high integrity and values. He was an avid fan of Penn State and the University, his tailgates were always the best. Bill will live in our hearts and memories forever.
August 08, 2013
Barbara and family and all my Leary cousins.
Was shocked to get Dottie's e-mail about Bill. I'm so sorry. Growing up we did visit alot and Aunt Pearl (my Mother) always called him "Bull Leary".
Long time ago so can't remember how it started. Reading his obit I'm sure she would call him something quite different.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Love,
Cousin Sis
(Mary Lou Kennedy, West Yellowstone, MT
August 08, 2013
Bill was a true friend to Warren and me.
He was one who gave other people strength,and loved him so much!! Mary Jane
August 08, 2013
Dr. Leary was the third superintendent that I worked with in East Penn. He was a man of strong convictions and unquestionable integrity. His vision of where East Penn was going was on target and history has proven that he was right about the growth. My condolences to Barbara, Gretchen, and his boys.
August 08, 2013
What a gentleman and mentor, I always enjoyed having those little conversations we would have about the world. He always had an open door to listen. Bill will be missed, but I am sure there are many with very fond memories.
August 07, 2013
I knew Bill only a short time but knew he was axtraordinary. I will remember him laughing and having fun. His contributions were many. He will be missed.
August 07, 2013
Dr. Leary was my mentor from high school on. He has inspired me to be the best teacher, parent, person I can be. I am grateful to him for all he has done in the field of education. My condolences go out to his family: Barb, BJ, Bucky, Chris and Gretchen who were my friends. You all have a special place in my heart.
August 07, 2013
He is greatly missed,he was a great uncle
August 07, 2013
I have known the Leary family for as long as I can remember and it all began in Waynesboro. Thanks (Barb too) for putting up with Gretchen and all of her giggly little friends, such as myself, running through your house and roller skating in your basement. Thanks for the trips to the Jersey shore and always making me feel at home when I came to visit. Many good childhood memories!
August 07, 2013
I had the privilege of working as a teacher/counselor during Dr. Leary's tenure in the Waynesboro Area School District, while also serving as the "union" president. He was a MODEL educator and exceptional leader, and earned the respect of the entire staff during his tenure. I was sorry to see him leave. He truly cared about the welfare of the students and the professional and support staff of this district. A positive influence on my education career of 45 years.
August 07, 2013
The common denominator for Bil and me was our Boy Scouting days. Both in separate troops but constantly crossing paths scout activities. As such we would very often at reunions discuss the differences in yout experiences then and now.
August 07, 2013
Deepest sympathies to Dr. Leary's family. He was a great man and wonderful superintendent in Springfield Township. He was very kind and helpful to our family.
August 07, 2013
Bill and I were close friends. He was tolerant, kind, strong and funny. He was also very smart. I only wish we could have lived closer together after high school, but we didn't. I shall miss him.
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