Leary, Edward J. COLONIE Edward J. Leary "Ned", 78, passed peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Born in Albany, on November 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward and Katherine (Landy) Leary. Ned graduated from Vincentian Institute in 1950 and married his childhood sweetheart, Virg in 1953. He served his country as an Army Corpsman during the Korean War. Upon leaving the service, Ned worked for 26 years at Tobin Packing Company and Sears, Robuck, and Co. for 10 years. He and his wife were also the owners of Schaller's Market, where many a neighbor shopped and visited. Ned was a hard worker his entire life, starting a paper route at age 14 (where he met Virg) and working long hours at all jobs. Upon retirement, He enjoyed boating at his summer home on Peck Lake, Gloversville. Ned loved all of the pets he had, but was especially fond of his cat Felix, also known as "Felix Coon Tigger Pisser Boy Kitty Cat Leary Jr." He took great delight in explaining how Felix got that name! Ned was a gentle soul and was loved by everyone he met. He never had an unkind word to say, and people were taken by his corny sense of humor. Ned leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Virginia (Schaller) Leary; four children, Shows (Robin) Leary, Bill (Linda) Leary, Kim (Jim) Oppelt, and Maggie (Mike) Coager; grandchildren, Michele (Bob) Patton, Morgan (Joe) Morrissey, Lauren Leary, Jiah Pearson-Leary, Bill Leary Jr., Tarrin and Traver Pearson-Leary, and Meaghan Leary; great-grandchildren, Maddy Jane Patton, Tucker and Arica Pearson-Leary; sister Sheila Keane of St. Petersburg, Fla., and cousin Sr. Anthony Marie (Sister Bunny). Many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Ned was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth, Mary Jane and Carreen; and his infant granddaughter, Lindsay. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m. at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, Colonie. Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 in Ned's name.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 3, 2011