John David Leo

Oct. 18, 1921 - Feb 26, 2014
John David Leo - Oct. 18, 1921 - Feb 26, 2014

John David Leo, who retired as East Hampton’s assistant postmaster in 1982 after 25 years with the Postal Service, died of leukemia on Feb. 26 at home in Matthews, N.C. He was 92.

Prior to his tenure with the Postal Service, Mr. Leo was a truck driver for Schwenk’s Dairy and Railway Express, and he transported South Fork potatoes and produce to Hunts Point Market in New York City. He moved to North Carolina in 1998.

The son of Hnat and Fredonia Hlywa, Mr. Leo was born at his family’s house on Floyd Street in East Hampton on Oct. 18, 1921. He was drafted into the Army Air Forces in 1942 and flew as a radio operator and gunner on B-17s out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. He remained in the service after the war as a radio operator for planes being flown to aircraft graveyards in Arizona.

After his discharge, Mr. Leo worked at the Carlson School on Terbell Lane in East Hampton, a resident facility for handicapped children. There he met Elva Lourdes Klein, a co-worker, whom he married on Nov. 6, 1948. Mrs. Leo died on May 3, 2011.

Mr. Leo is survived by three children, Alison Rampersad of Delray Beach, Fla., Frances Johns of East Hampton, and Anette Morrison of Charlotte, N.C. Seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive him. A daughter, Stefanie Leo, died before him.

A funeral Mass will be said on April 26 at 2 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, where Mr. Leo was a member. The Rev. Paul Dahm will officiate. Mr. Leo’s ashes will be buried at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery on Cedar Street next to his wife and daughter.