July 13, 2016 World War II veteran Leo Francis Foley peacefully passed away July 13, 2016. Leo is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Anne, brother Donald of West Roxbury, MA, three daughters; Kathleen Foley (Katina Rapton) of Sacramento, Margaret Macedo (Carlos) of Alameda and Carolyn Aufranc (Michael) of Granite Bay. Leo leaves behind four grandchildren, Joseph Daniel Macke of San Francisco, Andrew James Lawson (Ashley Berra) of San Diego, Julie Anne Lawson of San Jose and Lexi Ann Karres of Sacramento. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. His oldest grandson, Thomas Foley Macke, preceded him in death.
Born on January 23, 1924 in Boston, MA he was truly a native son of the city. Like so many other young men of his generation, he signed up for the Army Air Corps and served from 1942 1944. A member of the Greatest Generation, Leo served in the 381st Bomb Group (H) as a tail gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. Truly a hero, having completed 32 missions from May 1944 thru August 1944, while stationed with the 8th Airforce at Ridgewell England. He reentered the service in 1946 and served proudly for the next 30 years. During that time he was stationed in Europe, Hickam AFB, Honolulu, HI, Otis AFB, Cape Cod, MA. Leo retired from the USAF as Chief Master Sergeant from McClellan AFB in 1976. Leo was affectionately known as "The Chief "and taught all of us that there is nothing more important than family and unconditional love.
An enthusiastic fan of all teams Boston, it would be difficult to find a more passionate member of the Red Sox Nation. Leo loved the Red Sox and Patriots and asked everyone he met, "are you a Red Sox fan?" If the answer was yes, be ready for a trivia quiz to prove it. This passion has been passed down generationally. Leo and Anne loved to travel as recognized by the 26 cruises they embarked on all over the world meeting friends wherever they traveled. When not traveling they enjoyed time with family and friends. Leo loved the game of golf and played his last round at the young age of 88.
He leaves an amazing legacy of love of family. Anne and the rest of the family wish to thank the compassionate nurses and caregivers of the Mercy Hospice team along with Home Care Assistance caregivers; Leslie W. Darrell P. and James K. A service with full military honors will be held Thursday, July 21 at 1:00pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Dixon, CA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Leo's memory to the 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association to carry on the legacy of the brave men and women who served our Nation. Make checks payable to the 381st BGMA or 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association. 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association 145 Kimel Park Drive, Suite 370, Winston Salem, NC 27103. http://www.381st.org.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 19, 2016
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