Leo McDermott
McDermott, Leo C.

Leo C. McDermott, 53, of Endwell, passed away peacefully at his residence Thursday May 19, 2011. He was predeceased by his mother, Irene, and a brother, Joseph. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl; two daughters, Lauren and Alison McDermott; his father, Dr. John McDermott; sisters, Deanne McDermott (Jeff Soik) and Mary (Dale) Werner. Leo is also survived by his brothers, Dr. John Craig McDermott, Dr. Mark (Lena) McDermott, and Michael McDermott; and his brothers and sisters in laws; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was a member of The Church of the Holy Family. He was employed at the B.A.E. systems plant in Johnson City for over 27 years. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, and his Masters Degree in Engineering from Syracuse University. As Leo's wife and best friend, I would like everyone to know a few of the many characteristics that best describe him. Leo was a loyal husband, a loving father, devoted to his faith, charitable, honest, courageous, funny, a great tennis player and teacher, a dedicated engineer, and was extremely intelligent. He had an uncanny knack for knowing something about everything. He felt fortunate to be a part of our two wonderful families, and through the years he enjoyed the time spent with both them and his abundance of caring friends and neighbors. What he would want us to remember most about him was that if someone else needed something more than him, he would graciously provide them with it. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 9:30, from the Allen Memorial Home 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott followed by a funeral mass at Church of the Holy Family at 10. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the memorial home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to St. Jude's Hospital A.L.S.A.C., 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.



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Cheryl -

Years ago, when we were in high school, Leo and I played tennis against each other and formed a very special relationship that later became a friendship, rare for opponents. We even played doubles in some WI tournaments together, times that I will always cherish. We lost touch, and I am very sad about that. He was one of those rare people that you never, ever forget, and I miss him.

I feel very guilty that I didn't do a better job of maintaining contact, but am glad to know he forged such a solid life. My prayers are with you and him; I know, to the depths of my soul, that he is in heaven smiling down at all of us.
C. J. Collins
January 20, 2012
Dear Cheryl,
We are so sorry to hear about Leo's passing. We didn't know him that well, but knew he was valiently struggling with illness in the recent past. What you wrote about him was so beautiful and endearing. Please know that ours will be among the many prayers you and your family are receiving during this difficult time. Wish we could be there to express our love.
Diane and Steve Randesi
June 11, 2011
Cheryl and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Leo from work at BAE; he was a great guy and a great asset to the company. Please accept my most sincere condolences. May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Pete Patten
May 31, 2011
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Cheryl, Lauren, Alison,
I was saddened to hear of Leo's passing. Words can not express how sorry I am. I will keep you in my prayers. Your friend, Lisa and family
Lisa Walker
May 27, 2011
Cheryl and Family I'm sorry for your loss. I knew Leo from GE/LM/BAE. Leo was a great man, always had a smile, had life in perspective, was a brillant engineer, funny, knew sports and had keen insight into sports situations (like understanding a coaches moves, even when it didn't seem to make sense). He came up with some great catch phrases in the course of doing some things together that I'll never forget. "Shoot me 3" when we were buying 3 tickets from scalpers for a Syracuse basketball game. He is still in our hearts and will remain in my families prayers.
Vince Spellane
May 27, 2011
Cheryl and family,

I was shock and sadden to hear of Leo’s passing. I work with Leo for several year’s at BAE (Lockheed & GE). He was a brilliant engineer and analyst. I will always remember him for his wit and sense of humor.
Pete Thomas
May 25, 2011
Cheryl, Lauren and Allie, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep u all in our prayers.
Kim and Brian Moss
May 25, 2011
Cheryl & Family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You will all be in our thougths and prayers during this most difficult time.
Don & Karen Mastro
May 25, 2011
Dear Cheryl and Family,
I was stunned to read of Leo's passing.

I remember back to before you two were married. Seeing Leo in the halls at BAE Systems (back to the days of GE) he always showed a smile and a quiet confidence about him. My prayers are with you all during this time.
Eric Olsen
May 24, 2011
Valerie McDermott
May 24, 2011
Valerie McDermott
May 24, 2011
Valerie McDermott
May 24, 2011
Valerie McDermott
May 24, 2011
Valerie McDermott
May 24, 2011
Dear Aunt Cheryl, Cousins Lauren and Alison,

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I love you!
Valerie McDermott
May 24, 2011
Dear Cheryl and family,

Bob and I are both so sorry for your loss. I talked with Leo last summer and was reminded of what fun times we used to have. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marti and Bob Stone, Homosassa, Florida
May 24, 2011
Cheryl and family, John, Mike: I am deeply saddened to learn about Leo. He had so many wonderful qualities. Even as a teenager one understood that Leo had a sincere & caring interest in other people. I will also remember his playful wit.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Matt Blessing
May 23, 2011
Dear Cheryl and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Leo and appreciated his insight, integrity, and dedication. We've lost a great man.
James Carr
May 23, 2011
Dear Cheryl:

I am very sorry for your loss of your life's mate. I enjoyed working with Leo in the mid 80's in the laser group. He was a generous engineer with his time and his knowledge. He taught me alot. A great softball, basketball and tennis player as well. He was a person who kept the team laughing with his humorus spirit. I will prayer for you and your family during this time of loss and greiving.

May God Bless You and Your Family
Mark Kushina
May 23, 2011
Cheryl and family,
I worked at BAE for over 40 years and
Leo was one of the best engineers I
ever worked with. I always liked busting him when Wisconsin would get beat. The
world truly lost a really great human being!
Jim (Buck) Soule
May 23, 2011
Cheryl, I am sorry for your loss. Though I never knew Leo but I noticed both of you several months ago at St. Ambrose and knew something was wrong. I offered my prayers for both of you at that time. Know that there are many who you don't know who are offering their prayers for you and Leo. May God give you strength and courage.
May 23, 2011
Dear Cheryl and your Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We were always so happy to see Leo, you, and your family on Sunday nights at St Ambrose. We are so thinking of you and are here for whatever you need.
Sincerely, Ann Bragaglia Ros and Rick Ros
Ann Ros
May 23, 2011
Cheryl & Girls,

So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda
rhonda bronakowski
May 23, 2011
Cheryl and family
so very sorry for your loss.
Judi Diefendorf
May 23, 2011
Cheryl, Lauren, and Alison,

I am so sorry for your loss. Leo was a great guy, an incredible engineer, and an accomplished athlete. What I remember most about him though was his wit and sense of humor. I think he gave everyone in the Laser group, and probably many others, their nicknames.

I am reminded about something someone once told me about loss. In spite of the tremendous heartache we are all suffering, I think we would all agree that we would rather have that heartache now than never to have know him at all.

God Bless.
Kathy Ellis
May 23, 2011
Dear Cheryl, we are so sorry to hear about Leo. You and your girls will be in our prayers.
Pam Turrigiano
May 23, 2011
Cheryl,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathies
Ken Adams
May 23, 2011
Cheryl,
I was so sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
Mary Ellen Cerra
May 23, 2011
Cheryl,
My heart goes out to you and your girls. I will pray for you and your loved ones. God bless.
Jennifer Mangino
May 23, 2011
Cheryl and Family, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Leo was a very nice person. You have my sympathy & love at this crucial time. If you need anything, even to just talk, call me at work or home. Donna Pooley
May 23, 2011
Cheryl and family,
No words can express or lessen the pain you are going through. Try to find solace where you can and know that he will be with you always. You are in my thoughts. Trudy Sinclair
Trudy Sinclair
May 23, 2011
Cheryl and family,
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Leo worked for me when he first came to BAE (GE/Lockheed Martin). He was a joy to work with and a had great sense of humor. I have only great memories of Leo.
Gary Miller
May 23, 2011
Cheryl and Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of Leo's passing. I worked with him for a number of years at BAE and would often join him and a few of our other friends on lunch time walks when among other things he'd proudly talk about his 2 daughters on occasion. He was a good engineer and a great guy who'll be missed alot. My sincere condolences.
Chris Beylo
May 22, 2011
Dear Cheryl,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, LuAnn (Quick) Eaton
LuAnn Eaton
May 22, 2011
Cheryl and Family,
I ask God to watch over you. I pray that He gives you all you need to deal with the loss of Leo. When you feel sad pray to the Lord,He will help you through it all. I send my prayers and love, Nancy Hall
Nancy Hall
May 22, 2011
Cheryl and Family,
I know your hearts are heavy losing a loved companion. Look to God for comfort and guidance. I send my prayers and love. If there is anything that I can do for you let me know. Love, Nancy Hall
Nancy Hall
May 22, 2011
Nancy Hall
May 22, 2011
Chobo, Lodi, and Ali,

Annette, Danny and I want you know that we love each of you and Leo very much, and that the loss of "Uncle Hot Dog" is such tragic loss for us, as it is for everyone that knew him. His wonderful, dry sense of humor, his unfailing kindness, and his unfathomable intelligence combined to make him one of the finest men to ever grace this earth – we are all better for having known him. I will especially miss seeing Leo at our annual trip to the U.S. Open Tennis tournament each summer in NYC, and I hope that we can continue to honor his memory, Chobo, by continuing to meet there each year. God bless you all, and rest in peace Leo.

Love,
Uncle Mike, Aunt Annette, and Danny
Michael Shea
May 22, 2011
To Cheryl, Lauren and Alison:
I am deeply saddened to learn of Leo's passing. I know this is a very difficult time for you. Please know that the love and prayers of your family and friends are surrounding you now.
Nancy Zurner Patterson
May 22, 2011
Cheryl and Daughters

I am saddened by the loss of Leo. His sense of humor will not be forgotten. I enjoyed working with him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Louise Hetzlein
May 21, 2011
Dear Cheryl,
Its been a very long time since I worked with Leo - the old GE days of lasers. I remember him as a happy and dedicated person, and I remember how much everyone in our group respected him. I'm so sorry you have to live without him at so young an age. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Don't forget that our Savior assures us of the resurrection of all who believe in Him. We will all be together again in eternity.

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."
1 Corinthians 15:54

Peace be with you, and may God soothe your aching hearts with His merciful love.
LaVaun Tanzini
May 21, 2011
Cheryl, Lauren and Alison,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Patty and John Fricano
May 21, 2011
Cheryl and family,

I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I feel so bad for you and your family. May loving thoughts and prayers bring you through this difficult time. With lots of prayers and my deepest sympathy.
Cindy Langland
May 21, 2011
Dear Cheryl and Family,
I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Leo's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. My love to you all.
Denise Gervais-Rock
May 21, 2011
Cheryl, I am so very sorry to hear about Leo..my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Dawn Whipple
May 21, 2011
Cheryl and family, I am sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I will be praying for you.
Renee Mancini
May 21, 2011
Cheryl,
I was extremely shocked and saddened to read about Leo's passing. Whenever I saw Leo, whether at work or church, we always had a pleasant conversation about college football or Bruce Springsteen or some other common interest. I will miss him. Unfortunately, I am currently in the UK for work and will not return in time for the services. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Charlie Burt
May 21, 2011
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