John Leahy, 82: Sports lover was active in community, business, college association

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SOUTH PORTLAND — John “Jack” Leahy, 82, of South Portland, died at Mercy Hospital on April 27 after a brief illness.

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 11, 1932, the son of John Leahy and Dorice Tozier. He graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1950 and from the University of New Hampshire in 1954.

After being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1957, Leahy began working as a claims manager, which led to a 12-year career as a successful salesman with NCR Corp. In 1979, Leahy began work in real estate, a field in which he worked and thrived until his retirement in 1995.

Leahy had diverse interests and participated in many activities. He maintained a lifetime membership in the Elks, served as president of the local Jaycees, and was an active member of the UNH Alumni Association. His passions extended to bowling, cards, stamps, horse race-handicapping and, most of all, sports.

He is survived by his family, including daughters Sharon and Susan, son Scott and grandchildren Jason, Nicholas, Tyler, Nate, Jessica and Justin.

A memorial service was scheduled to be held Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial was scheduled to follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland.

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