Leo M. Pola

September 10, 1954December 28, 2018

Leo M. Pola, of Keuka Park, NY, died on Dec. 28th, at his home. A native of Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, he came to New York State to attend college. After graduating from Cornell University, he worked in restaurant management and computer services before retiring from Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. He resided with his sister, Sue Tierney and her husband Peter Tierney, and helped to raise his nephew and niece, Peter Tierney and Kimberly Tierney.

He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Penn Yan, NY, serving as acolyte director, treasurer, and member of the vestry. He helped to launch the church’s annual summer arts camp, Rise! Creative Camp, cooking in the camp kitchen.

For many years, he ran the pillow-fight and archery booths at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, where he discovered a love for improvisational street theater as well as folk and festival music. He was also a regular player in the annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, NY, portraying Mr. Benjamin Loudlybellows, the town crier.

Always a creative spirit, the internet allowed him to share his creations with a wide, international community where he was fondly known as MMario. Knitting and crochet were lifelong hobbies, and he created hundreds of patterns for lace shawls.

The sixth of nine children born to Margaret and Carlo Pola, he is survived by all of his siblings; Carlo Pola and wife Karen; Jan Waggoner and husband Fred; Sue Tierney; Dianne Pola and Martin Hewlett; Nino Pola and wife Betty; Lauri Hall and Ken Lanagan; Velia Pola and husband Joe Steele; Tony Pola and wife Allison Liset; and numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Peter Tierney.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 10:00 am at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 179 Main St., Penn Yan, NY. Memorial donations in Leo’s name may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.


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Leslie Behm

January 10, 2019

I never had the chance to meet Leo (MMario) and was saddened not only to hear of his moving on to the next chapter in his life albeit far too soon but to realize I would have been able to meet him as my hometown is in the Finger Lakes as well. I for sure will now look at my stock of his patterns to see what will move me to make.

I need to make a prayer shawl first but I will look to see if any of his patterns might work. It would be great if I found one that I could get done in a short amount of time.

Leo, hope you are soaring and breathing well and singing to the angels and all others you know and don't know on your next journey.


Rhonda Dickenson

January 5, 2019

Leo was a wonderful person to work with. He had so much knowledge that he was willing to share. He had a wonderful singing voice and so many hidden talents. He will be missed greatly. Until we meet again ... safe travels. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

Jamie Keller

January 2, 2019

Leo was always filled with light and joy. He personified love. A great friend and mentor. He listened and loved unconditionally. This is not goodbye, it is just Until We Meet Again my friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends . Love and light always.