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Earl P. (Duke) Leach

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    - Crystal Coyne
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Earl P. Leach (Duke), age 67, of Springhill, Florida, formerly of Erie, Pa., died unexpectedly on July 30, 2014, while on a fishing trip with his grandson.

He was born on December 22, 1946 in Cranesville, Pa., to the late Earl S. Leach and Mary H. Leach. Duke lived a poetic life, a lover of love, living exactly as he wanted. He was self-employed at various occupations and owned his own construction company before a heart attack. His life was surrounded by the love of his grandchildren and fishing. He was a writer of wondrous lyrical compositions that could be published by poets and songwriters alike.

In addition to his parents, Duke was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Leach; and two half-brothers, Bob Leach and Steve Homansky.

He is survived by his beloved, Sally Leach; six daughters, Christina Masotti (Vito) of Springhill, Fla., Dr. Crystal Coyne of Port Charlotte, Fla., Terrie Carpenter, Trina Leach, Tammy and Theanne Blodgett; and one son, Dan Caldwell of Georgia, with whom he was recently reacquainted; one sister, Mary Theresa Chimenti (Frank) of Erie, Pa.; one half-sister, Martha Stahon (Joseph) of Erie, Pa.; and two half-brothers, Robert Homansky (Chris) of Atlanta, Ga., and Michael Homansky of St. Petersburg, Fla. An abundance of love was received from his grandchildren: Joseph Masotti, whom he eagerly waited to see every day and fish with as often as possible; and granddaughters, Felecia and Adriana Masotti and Cassidy Kehrer.

Funeral arrangements are by Turner Funeral Home, Spring Hill, Fla. A private ceremony will be held at a later date by the Gulf, where a memorial will be made to celebrate the life of Duke. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of: Christina Masotti (for the Duke), 6057 Boatwrite Rd., Springhill, FL 34609.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 3, 2014
Earl Peter Leach
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Brooksville Chapel
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