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Terry Leahy

Died: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Age: 72
Terry Leahy

Jan. 23, 1940 - Nov. 21, 2012

Terry Leahy, retired captain U.S. Navy, 72, Beloit, died peacefully at Beloit Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. He successfully battled multiple myeloma for nine years and was still in remission when he experienced a brief illness and passed away, surrounded by his loving family.

Terry was born on Jan. 23, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Harry J. and Elinor Power Leahy. He graduated from Loyola Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from John Carroll University. He married Polly Hollister on Nov. 3, 1962 in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Fontana. Terry proudly served his country for more than 32 years in the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Sumner County (LST 1148), was a Vietnam War veteran and was recalled to active duty for Desert Shield. Duty tours included Korea, Bahrain, London, Guam and the United States. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy selection boards of former U.S. Rep. and Secretary of Defense Leslie “Les” Aspin, U.S. Sen. Robert Kasten and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. He also served on the National Defense Committee Advisory Board for Wisconsin.

Terry’s career included 18 years of investment experience at Goodbody & Co., Mosely, Hallgarten & Estabrook Inc. and Robert W. Baird & Co. He retired in 2003 from Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He was the former vice president, treasurer and director of Lakeside Fusee Corporation. He and Polly owned and operated Sylvan Learning Center in Janesville for more than 26 years. Terry was a member of the boards of directors at Blackhawk Bank and Finley-Denker Buick in Beloit. A loyal member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish for nearly 40 years, Terry was particularly proud to have helped lead the building committee for OLA’s new church.

Deeply committed to his community, he was a member of the boards of directors for the Family Services of Beloit, the Stateline United Givers Fund Inc. (vice president), the Stateline Boys and Girls Clubs Inc. (past president) and the Rotary Club of Beloit (past president). He also was involved in fundraising and volunteer efforts for Beloit Catholic High School, Paul’s Computer Institute in Cameroon, Africa, and the USS LST Ship Memorial. Terry was an avid sailboat racer throughout his life and was a former member of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Polly Leahy; children, Ann (Matt Austin), Madison, Michael (Mary) Leahy, and Mark (Allison) Leahy, both of Chicago. Terry was a proud member of the Leahy Full House, which includes siblings John (Sheila) Leahy, Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Thomas (Mary) Leahy, Lyndhurst, Ohio, Mary Jo Leahy (Gene Johnson), Aurora, Colo., and Maureen Ellis. He was the adoring grandfather of Kate and Connor Austin, Nora and Megan Leahy, and Audrey Leahy; and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry J. and Elinor Powers Leahy; and sister, Maureen.

Visitation Monday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, Beloit, with Scripture service at 4:45 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Beloit, with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Burial in Mt. Thabor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, WI, 53511, or Beloit Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1969 W. Hart Rd, Beloit, WI, 53511.

The Leahy family would like to thank all of the medical professionals at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and Beloit Health System, Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl for his loyal friendship, as well as all of Terry’s friends and family who supported him throughout his fight against multiple myeloma. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.

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