COLTON-- Leon William LeBeau, formerly of Colton, NY and a resident at United Helpers' Maplewood campus, passed away on May 3, 2019 surrounded by family. He was 83. At his request, there will be no services. Instead, a celebration of Leon's life will be held at a future date.
Leon was known to many as a local artist and teacher. He was active in the creation of the SOAR program and spent his post-retirement years doing what he truly loved: instructing a multitude of people in the art of watercolor painting. His motto was that anyone could paint but Leon's true gift was his ability to teach the craft. Leon was also a potter and took up creative writing in his later years. A deep thinker, he enjoyed learning, listening, and telling stories.
Leon met his wife of almost 55 years, Penelope Anne Smythe LeBeau, when she introduced herself on a dare. Instantly smitten with her, the couple married on June 23, 1964 and had three daughters- Lianne (Stephen) Knight, Gwen LeBeau, and Molly (Scott) Kaffka. In addition, Michael Cromarty held a special place in Leon's heart. Leon's survivors include Penny, his children and their spouses, six grandchildren, and his sisters Lorraine Wells and Barbara Quirk. In addition to his contributions to the art community, Leon will be remembered for his card playing prowess, tolerance for all people, infectious laugh, and his welcoming home. Donations in Leon's memory may be made to the United Helpers Maplewood Campus, 205 State St. Road, Canton, NY 13617; the Colton Rescue Squad, Box 304, Colton, NY 13625 or a charity of one's choice and memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com The Buck Funeral Home in Colton is serving the family of Leon W. LeBeau.