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Leo J. Harmon Sr.

December 31, 1969 April 13, 2013
Leo J. Harmon Sr.
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Leo J. Harmon Sr., a long-time River Forest resident, died on April 13th after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 80 . A native of the Austin neighborhood, Harmon attended Help of Christians Parish Grade School, St. Ignatius High School, and Georgetown University. After retiring from Harmon Electric Co., he had a long second career in real estate in Oak Park and River Forest and at the University of Chicago. He was active for more than 50 years in St. Luke Parish. His true lifelong avocation was acting, and he appeared in countless plays on stages all across the Chicago region and in television commercials. In appearance and demeanor, he was often compared to Henry Fonda. He was also renowned for his annual dramatic reading of the Passion of Christ at St. Luke Church. Leo was the youngest of six children born to James and Marion Harmon. His brothers Jim, Bob, Joe, and Don all died between 1973 and 1983, and their combined 24 children adopted Leo as their surrogate father. His sister Marion died in 1994, leaving Leo to preside as patriarch over growing generations of Harmons. Leo Harmon is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Judy nee Bowdern; his four children, Cindy (Bill Mastbrook), Laurette, Leo (Kathleen), and Peter (Joan Mallers); his grandchildren, Sean (Rachel), Matt (Kara), Colleen, and Conor Harmon; Brennan, Logan, and Riley Harmon; and Liam, Aidan, Declan and Annabelle Mastbrook; his sisters-in-law Marge and Anne Harmon; and too many nieces, nephews and great and great-great nieces and nephews to count. The last true Irish wake of his generation of Harmons will be held Friday, April 19, 2013 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home (in accordance with a decades-old promise made by Harmon Electric when it got the contract to do the wiring at Drechsler Brown's old location). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. Luke Catholic Church in River Forest. Private interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611 are appreciated.

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