June 4, 1924 - September 19, 2020
Albany-Leo J. O’Dea, passed away, at home, on September 19,2020. Leo was born in Albany, where he attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and Albany High School. Leo attended Siena College in Loudonville while also working full time providing for his family. Leo worked in the insurance field most of his adult life, first as a Fire Inspector, and eventually worked into becoming a highly regarded Insurance Agent. Leo retired after 25 years, as an Insurance Underwriter, for The Hartford Insurance Company. During these years, Leo was married to the love of his life, Ethel (Betty) Murray O’Dea, and raised 3 children together. Leo was a very proud man, born into a strong Irish Catholic family with 9 children. The family all lived through the Great Depression. His father and 2 brothers were military men, who served during WW1 and WW2. Leo had a lifetime sadness, that he was unable to serve his country due to a childhood Polio disability. He worked tirelessly, over his lifetime, to prove that his disability would never hold him back from anything else. He was the general contractor building his first home. He achieved great success at golf, which he played well into his 90’s. Even his failed eyesight, due to severe glaucoma, did not stop him from anything. Leo loved music, of all kinds. He taught himself to play the harmonica at a young age and played for family and friends often. It was the highlight of many events. He was the most determined guy you’d ever want to meet. Leo had friends from every generation, and his friends and family loved his dry wit and love of life. He loved his family with a fierceness and loyalty that was admired by many. Leo was predeceased by his wife Ethel (Betty) Murray O’Dea, 2nd wife and childhood friend, Teresa Mitchell O’Dea, eldest son Gregory M. O’Dea, his parents Leo Patrick O’Dea, and Julia Clarke O’Dea, as well as 2 brothers, Gerald and Edward O’Dea. 4 sisters, Mary (O’Dea) Aloisi, Eleanor (O’Dea) Pelgrin, Jean (O’Dea) Kaczmarek and Patricia (O’Dea) Stamus. Leo is survived by his son Bruce P. O’Dea, and daughter, Sharon (O’Dea) Leddick and her husband Bob. In addition, he has the most devoted and loving grandchildren; Darron Leddick and Meghan Leddick, his pride and joys. He is also survived by his sisters Madeline Rita (O’Dea) Aviza and Eileen (O’Dea) Roach, and brother in laws, Richard Kaczmarek and Willis (Bill) Roach. He is also survived by many, many nieces, nephews and extended family. Leo also had a special bond with Alexandra Casaw and Brandon Wright, whose love and support was undeniable. A special thanks to all those who helped with Leo’s care. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Leo’s family Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany, NY 12206. Please only enter the funeral home from the rear parking lot doorway. Masks and Social Distancing are required; and 40 visitors at a time will be allowed in the funeral home. Funeral services Friday, September 25, 2020 at 10:30 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206 (Father John Bradley Way) where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated. The Rite of Committal will be held at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY immediately following the Funeral Mass. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.McveighFuneralHome.com The family is asking those willing, to wear green to show your Irish Pride.
Albany-Leo J. O’Dea, passed away, at home, on September 19,2020. Leo was born in Albany, where he attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and Albany High School. Leo attended Siena College in Loudonville while also working full time... View Obituary & Service Information
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