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Leo J. Weston

August 21, 1928November 28, 2020

Also known as Buddy, by his family and Philadelphia friends.

On November 28, 2020, Leo J. Weston, age 92, passed away at his home in Annandale, VA. He is survived by his wife, Bernadette. He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Walsh (Joe), his step-children Dana, Lisa and Kim, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur L. and Rose Weston, sisters Rose Boyle, Margaret Flynn, and brother Jack Weston.. Leo grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He enlisted in the Army/Air Corps after high school. He served four years. He was recalled in the Air Force in 1950 and served until 1952. He trained at the Spartan School of Aeronautics. Leo worked for Atlantic Aviation in Philadelphia, for Pan American Airlines, and for U.S. Overseas Airlines. He was offered a position at the Federal Aviation Administration where he served in Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Detroit, and NYC. He then served at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC as an Aircraft Maintenance Inspector. After retirement in 2005, Leo became a Docent at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, VA two days a week. He loved doing the school tours and the opportunity to teach the younger generation about aviation.

He met and married his first wife, Helen McLaughlin in Philadelphia in 1964. After suffering a stroke, she was placed in a nursing home where she later died in 1999. While there, Leo began running Bingo for the residents every Saturday and continued until the 2020 Pandemic. He also was a volunteer at his local Parish Church and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. He was a very active member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4522 (4th Degree) for over 30 years. Visitation will be held at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 4401 Sano Street, Alexandria, VA on Saturday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 12:30 pm. Services will be livestreamed at www.queenofapostles.org. Interment will immediately follow at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. We will be adhering to masks and social distancing protocol. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Capital Caring Health (Hospice), www.capitalcaring.org. Online condolences and fond memories of Leo may be offered at, www.demainefunerals.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Walsh (Joe), his step-children Dana, Lisa and Kim, and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 5, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, December 5, 2020

Memories

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Frank Herron

December 4, 2020

Leo, a true professional, family man, and great friend. He and I both hail from the City of Brotherly Love, but attended rival high schools. His school's mascot was the Falcon. So:
"With a Smile on the Lips and a Tear in the Eye
We see Leo, like a Falcon, onto Heaven Fly
Then Bow our Heads, and Bid a very sad Goodbye"

Frank Herron, UHC Docent

David Cann

December 4, 2020

Leo was a friend and mentor to me when I came to the Aircraft Maintenance Division in FAA Headquarters. He was a wealth of information that I could rely on and was always willing to "jump right in" and help. More than his knowledge and experience, I appreciated his friendship.
May God have mercy on his soul and bring peace to his grieving family and friends.
David Cann

Rob Leeds

December 3, 2020

As a fellow Docent, I marveled at Leo’s connection with children. He was great at school tours and I enjoyed listening to him and seeing the children’s reaction to what they were hearing. He will be missed.

James Byers

December 3, 2020

Leo was a man of few words, a good man, whose living spoke volumes concerning the respect and goodwill he had toward all people. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

Kim DeSarno

December 2, 2020

To the best photo bomber ever!!
We are so lucky that you came into our lives and made our mama so happy!
We will miss you very much and continue to share a Heineken in your honor whenever possible (except Washington/Eagles games :)
Rest in Peace Leo!
Love the youngest Kimi d!

Lisa Adams

December 2, 2020

Our wonderful Leo was such a beautiful addition to our family and we thank him for all the years of love that he has given to our Mom and our family over the last 18 years. It was such a blessing having you in our lives and we will truly miss you!

Love Peter, Lisa, Chad, Devon & Taylor Adams.

Jim Peacock

December 2, 2020

As a fellow Tuesday docent with Leo for ten years, I learned quickly to respect his knowledge especially when it came to engines. More than that, Leo was a truly nice guy and respected by all. I think I will remember Leo best because of his willingness to do "school tours". He really liked taking a group of elementary grade school kids out on a tour. The kids loved him -- sort of like a "granddad".
Jim P

steve flanagan

December 2, 2020

Leo was one of the first people I met when first joining FAA in summer 1973. Even as a straight-out-of-college kid I INSTANTLY could tell that here was a guy who what he said you could take to the bank. Even (or maybe especially) if it was not what you were hoping to hear.

God bless him & his family now, just as God blessed us who had a chance to know & learn from him. A gentleman & a professional & certainly an example for when I was a new entrant into "the business".

Ed Tang

December 2, 2020

I met Leo 10 years ago at Udvar Hazy Center when I started as a new Docent. As a stranger and new comer, Leo's trademark smile made me feel welcome. He helped me to get up to speed especially with the engines. Regardless of situations, Leo kept his cool and I can still see his smile coming all the way deep inside. I shall miss him very much. Rest in peace Leo.

Alisa Lynch

December 1, 2020

He's always been Leo the Great to me, for good reason. He and my beloved friend Bernadette are perfect for each other. So grateful to have known and loved Leo. I have no doubt we'll all see him again. Deepest condolences to all who know and love him, and you couldn't know Leo without loving him...

FROM THE FAMILY