LEKA Paul Theodore Leka, 68, entered into eternal peace on October 12 with his loving family at his side. He was devoted to the love and care of his wife Engjellushe and son Alexander. Paul was born in Bridgeport on February 20, 1943, the beloved son of the late Theodore and Dhimitra Leka. Paul's God-given talent and love of music, together with his characteristic strong will and determination, landed him a job at an early age working for Bobby Darin. At the age of 24 he had his first hit: "Green Tambourine," by the Lemon Pipers. He is credited for adding "one of the greatest chants in Rock and Roll history" to the song he co-authored: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," by Steam, which has been translated around the world, played in TV shows, commercials, films, and sung at sporting events. Paul also produced and arranged music for a wide variety of artists including Harry Chapin (Cats in the Cradle), Peter Nero (Summer of '42), Paul Mariat, The Left Banke, The Peppermint Rainbow (Will You be Staying After Sunday), REO Speedwagon and many others. Paul was awarded many gold and platinum records, and has left a musical legacy to be proud of. Friends remember Paul for his "one of a kind good natured humor and kindness." He lived his life with an unbridled passion, which made him an unforgettable person to all who knew him. He treasured his family and also was generous toward his two churches. In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by his son Theodore and brother Michael. He is survived by his loving wife Engjellushe and their son Alexander; his son Derek and daughter Heather; his brother George and wife Geri; Michael's wife Lillian; his sister Evelyn Kreta and husband Archpriest John Kreta, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed. "May His Memory Be Eternal!" Calling hours: Thursday, October 20 from 4-7pm, Prayer service at 7pm, at St. George Orthodox Church, 5490 Main Street, Trumbull, Ct. 06611. Funeral at the same church on Friday, October 21, at 10 am. Flowers may be sent to the church. Donations may be made either to St. George's or to All Saints of America Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 45, Salisbury, CT 06068. Arrangements are with the Kenny Funeral Home, 41 Main Street, Sharon, CT .
Published in Connecticut Post on Oct. 19, 2011