LeRoy John Cortez, 62, of Ellwood City, beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 4, 1958 in Ellwood City and attended Ellwood City Area School District. He was employed at Inmetco in industrial reclamation for 42 years, finishing his career as a supervisor. He served on the Ellwood City Area School Board for 17 years and was elected for five terms.
LeRoy was a lifelong Ellwood resident and dedicated community member. He was a regular attendee at high school football games and numerous other school sporting events. He was an avid gardener with a talent for cultivating peppers too hot to eat. He was regularly seen in the community riding his bicycle with his dog, Vinny, often braving inclimate weather. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family and friends, whether it be beach vacations, shopping garage sales, or simply watching television.
LeRoy was a devout Christian, attended the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday School for 30 years, and was a guest speaker at various churches. He had a lifelong interest in history, politics, and theology. He acquired many books on these subjects and collected issues of Modern Reformation magazine. His intellectual passions inspired his eldest son, Joseph, to become a mathematician; and his younger son, Jonathan, to pursue a writing career.
He is survived by his wife, Susan (Summers) Cortez; his sons, Dr. Joseph Cortez, and Jonathan Cortez; his daughter-in-law, Alexandra Deitrich; his dog, Vincent “Vinny” Van Gogh, his siblings, Mary Ann (Ken) Burgess, Betty (Irvin) Strohecker, Frank (Diane) Cortez, and Jim (Mary Ann) Cortez. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Antanette (DeCaria) Cortez; and his brother, Edward “Abe” Cortez.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOSEPH A. TOMON JR. FUNERAL HOME at 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport, PA. Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Dr. Rob Guy, of Wurtemburg Presybertian Church, officiating, followed by interment at the Wurtemburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in LeRoy’s name to the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church, PO Box 407, Ellwood City, PA 16117.
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