De Leonardo, Joseph, 83, of Miami passed away on December 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife Karen of 61 years, sons Joseph, Daniel, Michael and daughter Sandie (Sam) Lo Bue, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was born on January 8, 1930 in New York City to Louis and Rose. In 1948, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa when the Korean Conflict broke out. His tour was extended 1 more year, rising to the rank of T/Sgt. On his return, he married, then enrolled in Pace College, graduating with a BBA and earning a position with Colonial Trust on Wall Street. This began his 43-year banking career which was characterized by his outgoing personality, his profound wisdom and his impeccable integrity. In 1971, he moved his family to Miami to take a position with Pam American Bank as Comptroller until his departure in 1980. He then was hired by Capital Bank as the VP of Operations until his retirement in May of 1994 after suffering a stroke. Joseph taught banking classes at (then) Miami-Dade Community College during the 1980's. He was also a member of the Lions Club in Deer Park, NY, the American Bankers Assoc. and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge #308, rising to the 32nd degree. His retirement years were spent with his extended family, listening to his great stories and easy laugh. Joe loved game shows and reruns of old movies and found the world of science and psychology to be "fascinating". A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 106 SE 1st Drive, Homestead, FL, followed by a reception at the church hall. Please honor the VFW or St. Jude's Research Hospital as you remember Joe.
Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 7, 2014