William Herbert Leech Sr.

September 11, 1921October 30, 2015

William Herbert Leech Sr, 94, born on Sept 11, 1921 to the late Leslie Earl and Mabel Crusius Leech of Mobile AL, passed away 2:22 AM, October 30, 2015, in the care of Shirley Rodeffer of Weyers Cave. He attended McGill Institute high school in Mobile before serving in the WW II US Army Engineers, constructing runways. After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry in 1951 from Spring Hill College, he worked first at American Bitumuls and then Union Carbide, both of Mobile. He remained in Mobile after his retirement in 1986 until the passing of his beloved wife, Mary Ellen in 2003, after which he lived with his sons, John and Doug in Virginia. In 2009, he moved to Weyers Cave as a resident of Family Home Living Adult Care. He is survived by his sons, Charles Douglas Leech of Nellysford, VA, John Leslie Leech, and wife, Elaine, of Clifton, VA; a granddaughter, Ashley; a great-granddaughter, Clara of both of Chantilly; William H. Leech Jr, and wife, Candi, and granddaughters, Courtney and Kristin, all of Atlanta, Georgia; numerous extended family members from Alabama and California.

Grateful appreciation is extended to Miss Shirley Rodeffer and her extended family; the staff of Family Home Living Adult Care, Pam, Janet and Tara; and Sentara-RMH Hospice Staff; and Mr. Elwin Ricketts.

Funeral services for Mr. Leech will be handled by Mobile Memorial Gardens in Mobile, Alabama.

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John Miller

November 5, 2015

I worked with Bill at Union Carbide from 1967 until he retired in 1986. He was as fine a coworker as I have worked with. I am sure the Lord has found a place for such a fine person. May God bless his family in their time of need.

Ray Howell

November 5, 2015

Bill was always pleasant to work with. He loved a good joke or funny quip. But what I will remember most is how much he loved his family. No man ever loved his family more. His every move was in consideration of them. I extend my deepest sympathy to the boys and their families. You will be in my daily prayers.

November 5, 2015

Bill was the first person I worked in the lab with at UCC.

He could always think of something to say to make you laugh. I have thought about him many times over the years and will always remember his dedication to his family.

God Bless you Bill.

Mary Green