Liam Claus Leach (1992 - 2016)

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Liam Claus Leach, age 23, received his angel wings on June 9, 2016. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Liam had touched in many ways throughout his short, yet very memorable life. Liam's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His big smile and hugs could melt the hearts of those around him and though he spoke few words, his voice and thoughts could always be heard. He possessed strength, perseverance and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his heart and laughter, he led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. He was the first "Liam" registered at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, born on July 14, 1992. He took second place in the Idita-Swim and spent many an afternoon lap swimming at the Nikiski Pool. He enjoyed Star Trek and Disney, music, drawing, roller coasters and reading stories. He could spend hours drawing his favorite moments from the cartoons, movies and video games he enjoyed so much. He loved the color orange and listening to the sounds of Disney and especially his family's usually clumsy attempts to sing along. He spent much of the summers walking at the beach with his family, where he loved to sit on the sand and watch the ocean. With Liam's passing, we remind others that all life should be celebrated. We will miss him every day, especially his winning smile and big hugs. He will forever remain a part of our lives and in our hearts. His life's journey allowed us many wonderful memories and it has been a blessing to all that knew and loved him. Liam leaves behind many wonderful caregivers and professionals that provided love and support that enhanced his quality of life. All of these special people, too numerous to mention, provided Liam with love and dignity in his life and also in his death. Liam is survived by his loving parents, Daryl and Vicki Leach; sisters, Misti Esposito, Autumn Leach and Tamara Leach; brothers, Michael Merlyn with his wife Jennifer, Daryl, Ian with his wife Beth and Dale; uncles, Ryan Michael Carey, David Carey and Randy Leach; his nieces and nephews, Drew Esposito, Cody Esposito, Sean Esposito, David Asher Leach and Mallory Leach; as well as numerous cousins. He was joyfully met in Heaven by his brother, David Leach; and his grandparents. There will be a memorial service on June 17, 2016, at 3 p.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 222 West Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna. Officiating at the service will be Father Roger Bergkamp, OMI. There will be a reception after the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Liam's name may be made to: Alaska Autism Resource Center, 3501 Denali Street, Suite 101 Anchorage, AK 99502. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign his online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 15, 2016