Leo R. Alcombright

Alcombright, Leo R. RENSSELAER Leo R. Alcombright of Rensselaer passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2012. He was born April 15, 1929 to his parents, Edward and Emma Alcom-bright in Pittsfield, Mass., where he attended Pittsfield High School. Leo enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 at the age of 17, served aboard the USS Alabama, and was honorably discharged in 1949. Upon leaving the Navy, Leo resided in California for four years where he began what would be his lifelong profession in automobile sales and management. In 1954, Leo returned to the northeast, settling in Albany. In 1960, he met his wife, Edythe. They were married a year later and remained so until his death, having just celebrated their 51st anniversary together on December 9, 2012. They had their first and only child, Jim, in January of 1966. Leo was recognized as one of the Capital Region's most knowledgeable automobile dealers throughout his career. He archived the highest manufacturers' awards for sales and service from Cadillac and Oldsmobile over the course of several decades. He retired from full-time employment in 2005 though he continued to work part-time with several local dealerships. Through the years he actively participated in community service. He was a leader in expanding the Capital District's Pop Warner Football League, serving as commissioner for nearly a decade. He was a strong supporter of and contributor to La Salle Institute in Troy for many years. Leo was a member of the Elks Club since 1963, serving as commissioner of the Watervliet Dart League for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. He was a communicant and lector at St. Michael's of Troy. Leo was a deeply devoted husband and father, forever putting his wife and son ahead of himself. Leo is survived by his wife, Edythe; son, Jim (Kathleen) and brother-in-law, John (Florence) Coogan. Funeral will be from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer on Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Williams Road in North Greenbush where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery East Greenbush. Condolence page at wjlyonsfuneralhome.com

Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2013