Leo P. Canale,93, Sackets Harbor, formerly of Chaumont, passed away Sunday February 24, 2013 at his home under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County and his caregivers.
Mr. Canale was born August 11, 1919 in Watertown a son of Angelo and Anita Tancredi Canale. He graduated from Watertown High School, received his bachelor degree from Syracuse University and his masters degree from Ithaca College. During high school he excelled at sports especially football, basketball and tennis. He received an honorable mention as an All- American, as a fullback in football at Syracuse University and captain of his tennis team. In June of 2012 he was inducted into the Gouvernuer Athletic Hall of Fame and in October of 2012 he attended his seventieth college reunion of Syracuse University.
He was drafted in the United States Army at the same time he was drafted by the National Football League; to both the Philadelphia Eagles, where his cousin Rocco Canale was a member, and the Detroit Lions football teams. He served in the European Theater during WWII serving in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. As a sergeant with the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion he was wounded in France, receiving the Purple Heart for his injury.
On November 28, 1942, he married Margaret S. Haas in Bennettsville, SC, while he was stationed at Ft. Bragg. Mr Canale was the director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at Gouverneur Central School, retiring in 1976 after thirty years. He was a member of VFW Post 1400 and the Italian American Civic Association.
His wife Margaret in 2004, his daughter Susan in 2008, three sisters, Pauline Canale Allen, Josephine Stetson and Edith Canale died before him. He is survived by several cousins, nieces nephews and his caregivers of four years, Barb, Jessie, Sue and Bella.
A funeral mass will be held at noon on Saturday March 2, 2013 at St. Anthonys Church with Reverend Donald Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with military honors. Contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com