Leander Philip Auby|
1930 - 2013
Resident of Sunnyvale
Leander Phillip Auby, 83, following a brief illness, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Lee was a longtime resident of Sunnyvale. Born in Detroit, Michigan, youngest of a large family, he was the surviving twin son of parents Leander and Marie (St. Pierre) Auby, originally of Quebec. After having been stationed in Alameda with the U.S. Navy, Lee worked for U.S. Rubber Company in San Francisco and helped with the Auby family's Big Bear Market in Palo Alto before pursuing a 26 year career in the Palo Alto Fire Department. As a firefighter, Lee followed a natural occupation of rescuing those in harm's way, including his own relatives.
Lee, being active and personable, had continued working after his retirement. He drove the local school district bus, often lending a compassionate ear to the students' problems of the day. He also enjoyed leading many interstate bus tours through Moffett Flyers, capturing the hearts of many seniors as an engaging and safe leader. Lee was an avid golfer in the area, and also played at Pebble Beach and "The Home of Golf" St. Andrews. More recently Lee participated with the Sunnyvale Lawn Bowling Club. Lee was an expert gardener, and it was on his trip to a gardening supply store, when the great oak began to fall.
Lee is survived by his sister Estelle Duhring. Lee married Catherine A. Skinner, Oct. 20, 1962, and from this union survives their children Christopher Auby, Jennifer Rosenblad, Thomas Auby, and Peter Auby; and grandchildren Jacob, Garrett, Axel, Jason, Sean, Skye, and newborn Kate Auby.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 9:00a.m at CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION, 725 Cascade Dr., Sunnyvale. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to directly support the families of the Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots at http://www.100club.org/ or 100 Club of Arizona 5033 North 19th Avenue, Suite 123 Phoenix, AZ 85015.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 6, 2013