Joseph Leary

Joseph Carleton Leary Sr.

Saturday, September 29th, 1928 - Sunday, February 4th, 2018
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Mr. Joseph C. “Carl” Leary, Sr., born September 29, 1928 in Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 4, 2018 following a brief illness.      Carl, as he preferred to be known, was a member of the fourth graduating class of Pensacola Catholic High School, Class of 1946.   Carl actually began his working life at the age of 13 at Delchamps grocery store.   After high school, Carl worked for the Frisco Railroad until he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving his country during the Korean Conflict and duty stations including Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Yorktown, Virginia at the Naval Mine Depot.      After Carl’s honorable discharge from the USMC, he returned to Pensacola where he worked at the Florida National Bank, before leaving there for the Gulf Power Co. in 1953, where he held supervisory positions until his retirement 41 years and 10 months later.      Carl was very active and well liked in the community as well.   He was a member of the Optimist Club of Pensacola, where he served as a past president.   Carl was directly instrumental in opening the first chapter of the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Pensacola, with his lovely new wife, Ethel Barksdale Leary, serving as the bookkeeper.   Carl also served as one of the first lay Eucharistic Ministers for the Diocese of Saint Augustine.      Carl was devoted to his Lord and Blessed Mother.   His life was centered on his devout faith, as well as his devotion to his family.   Carl’s beautiful Christian example was inspirational for all.      Carl was preceded to Eternal Glory by his loving wife of 56 years, Ethel, and his parents, Carl and Magdalen Leary, among myriad relatives and friends.   Carl’s survivors include his children Carleton Leary, Ferrell and Helen Leary, Ruth Anne and Eric Goetz, Carl’s sisters and brothers Catherine Humphreys, Mary and Neil Graydon, and Ruth and Fred Mason.   His grandchildren include Jonathan, Joseph, Kelly, Teona, Julia, Nino, Mari, Kristi, and Ledi.        Pall Bearers will be Carl’s sons, his nephews, and his longtime friend, Ray Reed.   Visitation will be at Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home, 124 West Gregory St., Wednesday, February 14 from 5-7pm, with the Mass of Christian Burial Thursday morning at 11:30am at Little Flower Catholic Church, 6495 Lillian Hwy.   Burial with full military honors will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery aboard the Pensacola Naval Air Station.      Carl’s family thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff of Northwest Florida Heart Group, particularly Dr. Jose Guitian, and Carl’s favorite nurse, his niece Carol Graydon, West Florida Hospital, West Florida Rehabilitation Institution, and STAT Home Health Care for the great care Carl received during his illness.        The family also requests that in lieu of flowers, friends have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for Carl at the parishes of their choices, or make a donation to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.     To send condolences, please visit . WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home
    124 W. GREGORY ST.
    PENSACOLA, Florida 32502
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 11:30am
    Thursday, February 15th, 2018 11:30am
    Little Flower Catholic Church


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Mike Wernicke,

Posted at 12:00am
Mr. Leary was a wonderful man. I worked with him at Gulf Power and always enjoyed talking with him. I remember his stories about being an altar boy along with John Pfeiffer at St. Michael's Church many years ago. I am sorry for your loss, and ours, too. ~ Mike Wernicke, Austin, Texas Contact Me

Anne Davidson,

Posted at 12:00am
I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Leary has passed away. I worked with him for a few years in the late nineties and he was always so pleasant and kind. My brother Stewart Pfalzer and I went to Catholic school with Carleton for a couple of years in the early 1970's. I'm sorry we weren't able to attend the services. We both want to express our condolences to Carleton and the family. ~ Anne Davidson, Pensacola, Florida

Ed Villar,

Posted at 12:00am
I'm so sorry about the loss of Mr. Leary. He was a dear man and a great friend to my family. I always enjoyed having talks with him when we'd run in to each other. My most sincere thoughts and prayer to the entire family. ~ Ed Villar, Pensacola, Florida

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