The youngest of two sons, Leo was born in Brooklyn, New York. His strong willed, Irish immigrants parents, taught him to work hard, be respectful and above all…to be honest. Leo lived his life as honest as any man could. He was active in his Catholic parish as an Altar boy and his strong religious faith, guided him through a selfless live that had touched many people. Leo's Aunt Margret suggested that he would become a Priest, but that was not the path he would walk. He would become an adoring husband, a positive example as a father, an all wise grandfather and a friend to anyone who had a few minutes to spare, to listen to his many stories.
In 1957, Leo met his future wife, Ann. In 1959, Leo had become a New York City Police Officer. On the day before his marriage, he was sworn into the Police Department for 20 years and the next day, he was sworn in for life, to his wonderful wife Ann. His association with the N.Y.P.D. would only last for 2 years. His marriage lasted a lifetime. Leo was accepted into the fraternal Brotherhood, of the N.Y.C. Fire Department. Leo risked his life daily, for complete strangers and his dedication and integrity never waned. Being a Fireman, was his greatest love, second to his family.
Leo found time to be active with the Cub Scout and Boy Scout organizations of St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Parish. These organizations kept many kids off the crime infested streets of East Flatbush. His leadership, friendship and guidance helped many kids realize that they could achieve anything they set their mind to. He was well liked and received accolades and awards within the Scouting community.
Leo was a man of deep religious conviction, a man of wisdom and a man with a silly sense of humor. His Elvis impersonation was hysterical. Leo had the gift of gab and bestowed that gift on as many people as he could. He was personable, approachable and sometimes embarrassing.
On Mon. Oct. 22, Leo quietly and peacefully passed away in his sleep at home. A fitting end to a wonderful life and dearly loved man.
Leo is preceded in death by his parents William and Minnie Herbert; brother James and his wife Kittie Herbert; son Joseph Herbert and granddaughter Theresa Herbert.
Leo is survived by his wife Ann, children Lawrence (RoseMarie) and Francis (Marlene). Grandchildren, William, Bernadette (Raffi), Patrick, Annemarie and Michael. Nephews William, James and Thomas (Veronica) Herbert and niece Jean Herbert. Extended family Janet, Brett (Dani), Crystal (James), Lacey Manring, Todd Best and Tina Fox.
There's a void in our lives, but not in our hearts.
Viewing will take place on Fri., Oct. 26 and Sat. Oct. 27 from 11-4pm at Lewis Funeral Chapel. A rosary will take place on Mon., Oct. 29 at 10:30am followed by a funeral mass at 11:00am at Lewis Funeral Chapel. Graveside service immediately after mass at Forest Lawn Cemetery with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.
Please visit the online memorial at www.lewischapel.com