Mr. Francis Leaf, 63, of 86 Angus Thomas Memorial Road, St. Regis, passed away on Monday morning, November 8, 2010 at Cornwall Community Hospital, McConnell, where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks. He had been in failing health for the past 10 years.
Francis was born October 15, 1947 on Cornwall Island the son of the late Frank K. and Agnes Jocko Leaf. He attended schools on Cornwall Island. A marriage to Patricia Helm ended in separation.
Francis worked for Roofers Local #195, Syracuse for 30 years, before retiring due to disability. He is a member of the Bear Clan and Mack Thomas’ Marina in St. Regis. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and telling stories. He also enjoyed associating with his many nieces and nephews, traveling and being with his best buddy, “Felix” the cat.
He is survived by two sons, Kenneth Francis Leaf and Brian Leaf and his wife, Missy, all of Akwesasne; two daughters, Audrey Bush of Akwesasne and Diane Gibson of Syracuse; a chosen son, Jay Leaf and his wife, Tracey of Akwesasne; three grandchildren, Candy Rose, and twins, Brandy and Kelly Pierce; six sisters, Margaret and Robert Thompson; Pauline and Frank Thompson; Marilyn and Thomas Francis; Sheila Leaf; Pearl Leaf; and Catherine Joyce Leaf, all of Akwesasne; two brothers, Patrick “Bucky” and Cecelia Leaf and Frank K. Leaf, Jr, all of Akwesasne; a chosen brother, William Thompson of Akwesasne; an aunt, Anne David of Akwesasne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Franklin Leaf on November 7, 1970 and George Leaf on September 9, 1997; and two sisters, Mary Bova on January 18, 2007 and Josephine Back on October 25, 2008.
Friends may call at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Thomas Francis, 503 Island Road, beginning Tuesday 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. at the Mohawk Nation Longhouse. Burial will follow in Mohawk Nation Longhouse Cemetery, Cornwall Island. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com