Clemons, New York – It is with a heavy heart that we inform the community of the passing of Leon Willard Wilbur III of Clemons, New York, at the age of 58. He passed away on the evening of Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, from natural causes. A gathering was held in his remembrance at his mother’s home – and his family home – on Sunday, Aug. 29. Many friends and family were able to make it to the gathering and share in the mourning and memories of Leon.
We would like everyone to know that he left this world with a full heart. He was extremely appreciative of so many people reaching out to him and offering him assistance after his recent stay in the hospital. All of your love and support meant a lot to him. He had it in his mind that he was really going to take care of himself so he could take better care of his friends and family.
We wish time had granted us the ability to see that transformation. He will be greatly missed.
Born on July 6, 1963, at his parents’ home in Whitehall, New York, Leon was the oldest of the family’s six children. Never straying far from Whitehall, he found many activities around it to enjoy, such as racing cars, hunting, four-wheeling and his favorite, fishing.
He graduated high school and was a mechanic for a time, but grew to have a love for construction. He really enjoyed helping people out when their homes or apartments needed to be fixed. People knew him to be very generous with his time, coming to people’s aid in the middle of the night if it was required. He was a hard worker and very dependable.
He had a quiet demeanor and a good sense of humor. He enjoyed being around people, and those people enjoyed having him around.
He was fiercely loyal, like a lion protecting his pride. He was a man of respect and expected it from others in exchange. He had a long fuse and a big boom.
He had regrets and would admit to his imperfections. He tried to live a life that would make up for his mistakes.
He had many lifelong friends who were family not by blood but by the strength of their bond, including Verna James, William “Billy” Ingerson, Kevin Gordon and Chris Eagan.
He joins his father Leon “Pete,” sister Bridgette, brother Francis, daughter Kayla and favorite pet Snuggles.
He is survived by his children, including son Joseph “Joey” (Suzann Bailey-) Wilbur and their children Arianna, Hailey and Kylynne; and daughter Jessica Wilbur and her children, Damien and Ayden. He also is survived by his mother Fannie Wilbur, sister Tammy (Tim) Baker, sister Misty (Patrick) Herlihy and brother Timothy “Timmy” Wilbur as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donations to the Whitehall Emergency Squad are suggested if you wish to contribute something in remembrance of him.
A burial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at noon in the Pike Brook Road Cemetery.
Leon’s arrangements are under the care of the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall.
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com.