J. Christopher Leo
passed away at age 49 on Saturday, March 29, 2014 after a courageous battle with ALS. Chris was a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Kent State University. He served on the Canton City Police Department for 18 years as a patrolman and inaugural member of the city's bike patrol before his retirement in 2009. He took great pride in serving his community. Chris was a loving and dedicated husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He was an outgoing and caring person thinking of others right until the end of his life. It was his positive attitude and great sense of humor that sustained him and his family throughout his illness. He fought his illness with dignity, determination and a never ending resolve up to the end. Chris was an avid reader and enjoyed expanding his knowledge of the world around us. He was a master of trivia when it came to current events, sports and history. He lived life to the fullest and was a huge sports fan. He was a fan of the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians, and Ohio State Buckeyes. He loved watching Jack play soccer. He also loved golfing, hunting and really enjoyed his annual hunting trips to Canada with his close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents James and Ann (Meyers) Leo. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Jill (Moore); his son Jack Carmen Leo, with whom he greatly enjoyed watching movies and the TV series 'The Walking Dead'. 'I promise to keep watching, Dad'. Sisters, Paula Leo, Mary Jane (Ted) Lorson, Patricia (Shafeek) Shaheen; and brother James 'Kid' Leo; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Linda Moore; sisters-in-law Lisa (Dave) Mammone, Jackie (Steve) Boten, Ericka (Doug) Hall, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to give special thanks to Mary, Lisa, and Amy at the ALS Association, along with Nikkiann, Sena, and Isaac at Advantage Home Health Services, and all the family and friends that helped take such good care of Chris during his courageous battle. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank our friends and loved ones who helped us through this difficult time in our lives. Your caring hands, thoughts, and prayers are what kept us going and we will be forever grateful. We will always remember the special ways that Chris touched our lives whether through his quick wit, his response to situations with famous TV and movie quotes and his positive spirit that we will always keep in our hearts.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday (tonight) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home. F.O.P. will hold services today at 3:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Christ The Servant Parish (formerly Our Lady of Peace) with Rev. Fr. Thomas Dyer, celebrant. Interment will be in North Canton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leo Family Benevolent Fund at any First Merit Bank (for the benefit of Jack's education), or The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 403, Independence, OH 44131.
'Rest in peace my love.'
Rossi Funeral Home Inc
730 30th Street NW Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository on Apr. 1, 2014