Mr. Robert James "Bob" Leech

  • Born: November 2, 1945
  • Died: June 2, 2020
  • Location: Seven Hills, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Cherished Husband, Papa, and Friend

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Bob Leech by adding your memories and photos.

Robert James "Bob" Leech was born on November 2, 1945 and passed away on June 2, 2020. Between these dates Bob lived life to the fullest. Bob grew up with his brother, William (Bill) in the Southside of Cleveland and was a proud Lincoln High School graduate. He married the love of his life, Marilyn Ruth Luecke. Together they shared nearly 55 years of marriage with 3 children and 5 grandchildren to enjoy along the way. His loving wife Marilyn; Mickey (Melody) and their daughters, Meredith and Madeline; Christine Thomas and her daughter Samantha; Robert (Sara) and their children Andrew and Alexandra were the greatest joys of Bob's life.

Bob's strong Christian faith directed his life. He passionately served his heavenly Father through a lifetime of leadership in two Lutheran churches. For the past ten years, Brother Bob served the residents of two local nursing homes by sharing the Word of God during bi-weekly visits. He lived Joshua 24:15, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Bob served his country in the National Guard, worked as a classified advertising salesman for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and spent the remainder of his career in various sales positions. He always worked multiple jobs at the same time because of a strong desire to provide for his family. One of his favorite part-time jobs was selling programs at Cleveland Browns games for over 50 years (starting as a young child). Bob was an active member and past-President of the Seven Hills Jaycees and actively served his community as one of the longest serving elected Councilmen in Seven Hills with nearly 3 decades of service. He was fondly known as Councilman Bob.

Bob loved to keep children actively involved in sports. He was instrumental in starting the youth basketball and soccer programs in Seven Hills. For over 30 years, he was a basketball, volleyball and soccer referee as well as a baseball and softball umpire.

Baseball Bob played baseball from early childhood until the pandemic. He loved playing, watching and talking baseball. He played 'hardball' year-round with summers in northeast Ohio and fall & winters in Fort Myers, Florida. He attended +60 World Series games over the past 53 years. He was a life-long Indians fan but loved the New York Yankees. One of his fondest memories was being the winning pitcher in a tournament with his adult sons on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York.

Bob had plans to continue serving his Lord, his family and his community before Jesus called him home. His life was cut short by the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Our family would like to remind everyone to follow safety precautions to protect yourselves and those around you.

Family and Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Leech Family requests all guests to adhere to the social distancing guidelines posted at the entrance to the funeral home and wear a facial covering.

* please minimize or eliminate any physical contact with those you are coming to support
* If you are not feeling well, please do not attend visitation
* if you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 within the past 10 days, please do not attend visitation

Private Family Funeral Services and Private Family Interment Saturday June 13, 2020. The Private Service will be Live Streamed Saturday at 9:45am. Please call 440-842-7800 for the link.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to St. James Lutheran Church, 4771 Broadview Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109, or to Legends of Baseball, c/o Cogliano and Sons, 390 North Broadway, Suite 140, Jericho, New York 11753.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I had a wonderful time Meeting Bob and his Son Mickey in September 2018 and playing and coaching on his team at Cooperstown NY. It was even more special bc Bob batted right behind his son Mickey and had the Highest on base percentage of our team. We had a great time on our team at Cooperstown and we will all miss Bob. All the best to the Leech family and Our prayers are with all at this time.

Posted by Mike Hughey - El Cerrito, CA - Acquaintance   July 08, 2020

I've played with and against Bob for Many years in Our Legends of Baseball tournament in Cooperstown, NY. Bob was in fact certainly a
"character". But his passion to play and love for the sport was clear and infectious in many ways. We will miss you Bobby Leech and so glad you got back to your beloved Legends tournament in Cooperstown. Covid also took our tournaments away from us this year, but we will be back stronger than every in 2021. And I have no doubt whatsoever you will be with us and watching and making sure the Umps dont miss any calls.

with all our love to the entire Leech family
Dan Cogliano and Legends of Baseball family

Posted by DAN COGLIANO - Friend   June 28, 2020

I met Bob in 1984 while playing baseball in Cleveland. After the season was over he called me and asked me to join his team for the '85 season.I ended up playing for and against Bob for the next 5-6 years. I also enjoyed playing with his son Mickey for awhile. We lost contact with each other for the next 25+ years as life rolled on. But in 2019 I noticed an animated, chatty umpire calling my son's high school game in Strongsville. I went behind the backstop to "give him the business". He recognized me immediately and we spoke between every inning and well after the game was over. We had some good laughs about our time in the 80's. He was a good man and a true character that will be missed. Rest in Peace Bob.

Posted by Bob Mori - Bay Village, OH - Friend   June 18, 2020

Marilyn and family, Bob was a great friend for many years, his love for baseball, priceless. He was Mr. Seven Hills. Loved the days in Jaycees planting trees, Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Lighting Contest all due to Bob. Rest In Peace Bob.

Bill Schutte friend and fellow Jaycee

Posted by Bill Schutte - Broadview Hts, OH - Friend   June 14, 2020

I played baseball with Bob years ago. Good player, great guy. May he celebrate God's promises through Jesus Christ.

Rick Eder

Posted by Rick Eder - Friend   June 12, 2020

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Dear Mickey, Melody, Meredith, and Madeline: My parents and I are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Father and Grandfather! You are in our prayers and in our hearts. May God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Diane Kolosionek - Garfield Heights, OH - Family Friend   June 12, 2020

We are just heartbroken about Bobs passing. He always had a smile on his face and a complement to give no matter what the situation. He certainly loved his Lord and was such a fine Christian example that I had the opportunity to grow up with. We will certainly miss him at church.

Posted by Bill n Gail Toth - Cleveland, OH - friend   June 12, 2020

Marilyn & Family, Bob was such a presence in life so we know how much he will be missed. He always managed to keep in touch with all his friends and always had a positive attitude with a smile for everyone. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tom & Sue Urban - Independence, OH - Friend   June 12, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Sorry for your loss, Bob was a great guy.

Posted by Wayne Peters - Friend   June 12, 2020

Marilyn, Mike and I send our condolences to you and your family. He will be dearly missed in our Jaycees family. Take comfort that the way Bob lived his life made the world a better place.

Posted by Mike and Nancy Dugan - Independence, OH - Family Friend   June 12, 2020

Mickey and family, my sincere condolences. I remember reading a story about your Dad in the PD a year or 2 ago and re-read it online today. What a great guy!! And I don't know if I ever knew the story about how you got your name til I read that. How cool!

Posted by Eric Rodriguez - Independence, OH - Friend   June 11, 2020

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Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bob. We remember him as a person who was always doing for others. He was a coach who would teach his players the fundamentals of the game of basketball and baseball. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Sovchik Family - Parma, OH - Acquaintance   June 11, 2020

Both Joan and I were saddened to hear of Bob's sudden passing. He was such a pleasure to know; upbeat and always full of spirit and passion. We will miss him very much.

Posted by Ronald Weiss - Minneapolis, MN - Friend   June 10, 2020

My condolences to Marilyn , children and relatives on the passing of Bob. I knew him as a friend and fellow elected official when I served as Mayor of Middleburg Heights . Plus I had many friends and relatives that lived in Seven Hills that had the upmost respect for him. He represented what an elected official should be. Mayor Gary W. Starr ( retired)

Posted by Mayor Gary W. Starr - Friend   June 10, 2020

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we were so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. our deepest condolences go out to you and your family. with heartfelt sympathies, wanda & howard bell

Posted by wanda bell - mayfield, OH - Family Friend   June 10, 2020

Leech family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. He definitely walked the walk with his faith.
His taking time out to visit my dad showed the kind of guy he was.
He will truly be missed.

Posted by Rob Rodusky - South Russell, OH - Family Friend   June 10, 2020

So very sorry for the loss of your husband/ father. He will truly be missed at EBT. When we first went to EBT, we heard people talking about Baseball Bob. We eventually met Baseball Bob and we understood the reason for his name! He played baseball, umpired and was still playing tournament baseball in Florida! He entertained and made us laugh. He was a great guy and will truly be missed by all who knew him! God bless his family and friends.
Sincerely,
Ann & Joe Pasquerilla

Posted by Ann & Joe Pasquerilla - Masury, OH - Friend   June 09, 2020

Marilyn and family, we were sorry to learn of Bob's death and wanted to send you love. I have fond memories of him since my childhood. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I do not have your contact information but will try to connect with you in the future. He is with the Lord! God loves you and so do we. Tim and Rae Fangmeier

Posted by Tim Fangmeier - Davidson, NC - Family Friend   June 09, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss and to the entire family our deepest condolences. God Bless.

Posted by Tonelli Family - Friend   June 09, 2020

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Mickey, Mel and the Leech family, Please accept our Heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope you are all able to find peace and comfort during this time knowing that Bob (DAD) will always live within your spirits.

Posted by JoJo Jones & Your MTD - HPD Family in AZ. - Chandler, AZ - Coworker   June 09, 2020

Mickey and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful obituary - it sounds like your dad/grandpa was an amazing man who contributed a lot to his community. You are in my thoughts.

Posted by Kelley Salvi    June 09, 2020

Marilyn and Family- I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. I have many great memories of playing with and against Bob in Roy Hobbs games both in the Akron area and in Ft. Myers. We shared a passion for the game of baseball and many of the same values. He was a character in so many ways and always added spice to are games. He will be missed. Our prayers are with your entire family at this time. Ange Ford

Posted by Ange Ford - Friend   June 09, 2020

Mickey and Mel, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace in your memories.

Posted by Donna Feorene    June 09, 2020

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Our deepest sympathies Micky, Melody, Meredith, Maddy and Family. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing and accomplished man. I always remember him smiling at family events and someone you'd want to be around. Our Prayers and condolences go to your family. Love, Lauren & Brent

Posted by Lauren McLean McLean - Parma, OH - Family   June 08, 2020

Marilyn and Family:

Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. While Sean worked with you and Councilman Bob during his time in Seven Hills, I will remember Baseball Bob. As an umpire, Baseball Bob umpired our son Jack's games on a few occasions and was always instructing or talking to Jack at first base. May God bless and keep you during this difficult time.

Sean and Michelle Berney
Strongsville, Ohio

Posted by Sean and Michelle Berney    June 08, 2020

I'm glad I got to know Bob when he joined the Lincoln Ole Sports Committee that I was on. He was so friendly and caring to everyone he came into contact with. Bob treasured all things Lincoln HS. He was larger than life at times and would offer his help and leadership without being asked. Bob will truly be missed by so many that it's unfathomable. May he rest in peace and may The Lord provide comfort and solace to his family in this difficult time and to all those who will miss him so much.

RIP Councilman Bob

Posted by Frank Tkacz, Lincoln Ole Sports Committee - Friend   June 08, 2020

Christine, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My prayers and condolences go out to you and your family

Posted by Joe Lijoi - North Royalton, OH - Friend   June 08, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the family

Posted by Frank Pocci - Strongsville, OH - Friend   June 07, 2020

I'm so very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was a 'larger-than-life' character, who left an indelible impression wherever he went. My father and I were reminiscing, that when Bob was just a young lad and was giving shoeshines on W. 25th St., that he was caught up in a snowstorm (he had travelled by bike), and my Mom and Dad came to the rescue and drove him back down to W. 7th St., where apparently the family home in Tremont (the 'Southside') was. May I express our deepest condolence, from both my father and I. God's peace be with you all who mourn his passing.

Posted by Horst and Jon Hoyer - Friend   June 07, 2020

My deepest condolences to Marilyn and family. I have lots of great sandlot baseball memories with Bob. Once we were down by 10 runs late in a game and Bob tried to steal third, but was out by 10 feet. He came trotting over to the bench with a big smile on his face and said, "You gotta stay aggressive!" We all had a good laugh - I think it was Bob's way to express his competitiveness and love for the game. He was a kind, encouraging person and I'll remember him very fondly.

- Cliff Packer

Posted by Cliff Packer - Chagrin Falls, OH - Friend   June 07, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Being a councilman for 17 years is a record in any city. I hope Bob is able to practice baseball with his batting cage and friends in heaven.

Posted by J. Fowler - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   June 07, 2020


What a joy it has been to know Baseball Bob these past ten years at EBT. I could always count on his knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order and EBT history to keep everything accurate. We feel very fortunate to count him as a true and sincere friend. Now, he has rounded third and headed home! God speed Bob.
Gary and Lee Bankert

Posted by Gary & Lee Bankert - Berlin Heights, OH - Friend   June 07, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Carmen Carrillo Miranda - Bayamon - Classmate   June 07, 2020

Marilyn and family, Jenny and I are deeply saddened to hear about Bob's passing. Bob will be truly missed in greater Cleveland and at EBT. It was always a pleasure and fun to be with him. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Bob rest in God's peace. Ed and Jenny Miller

Posted by Edward Miller - Friend   June 07, 2020

This is so very sad. He was a friend to all. He was so full of kindness and goodwill.
He will be sorely missed by the Lincoln High School Class of 1964.

Posted by Francine Toss & Lorraine Morrison - Oberlin, OH - Friend   June 07, 2020

One of my fondest memories of high school is when Bob, John Crawford, Jim kowski and myself impersonated the the Beatles at the High school mixer. Bob was the great organizer. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have gone t our 50th high school reunion. My deepest sympathy to his family. High school reunions won 't be the same without him. Don Becker

Posted by Don Becker - Olmsted Township, OH - Classmate   June 07, 2020

Very sorry to hear the passing of Bob, Bob was my class mate at Lincoln High and I also lived on the south side of Cleveland. We just talked on the phone before he got sick and telling me about things that he was doing and enjoying his life. Bob was a wonderful friend and will be missed. R.I.P

Posted by william formoso - Brunswick, OH - Classmate   June 07, 2020

Baseball Bob was one of a kind . We have known him for the last 11 years as we vacation at the same condo association. He was so much fun at the pool on the beach, Monday night crockpot parties ,and every night 5 till sunsetcocktailUkulele sing-alongs! We always ended our sing-alongs with the blowing of the conch shells at sunset. Also Friday night social hours were so enjoyable.! . We even put on The Big Show a few times and baseball Bob was master of ceremonies extraordinaire ! These fun times will never be the same again because Bob will be missing. RIP baseball Bob

Posted by Sylvia/James Best - Auburn, NY - Friend   June 06, 2020

I really got to know Bob well over the past twenty-five years. I wasn't able to attend any of our class reunions until the thirtieth. I was an Army "lifer" and other commitments always seemed to arise just about the time our reunions came up. I glad for the ones I was able to attend as I have said I really got to know Bob well and can truly say that I am grateful that I did. I'll miss him.

Posted by Dennis Sosenko - Classmate   June 06, 2020

My deepest sympathy, Bob Nagy

Posted by Robert Nagy - Euclid, OH - Family Friend   June 06, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Marilyn and family. God bless you all.

Posted by John Demico - Friend   June 06, 2020

Bob will live on in the hearts of the many baseball friends he made over decades of recruiting and playing hardball in our Cleveland and Akron leagues. We join his family in mourning but know he is in the presence of God.

Posted by Frank Popiel - Columbia Station, OH - Friend   June 06, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the family. Knowing and working with Bob in and around City Hall for nearly 40 years was always an adventure. His love and dedication to his Ward were ongoing. He was probably one of the most engaged persons in so many endeavors that I have ever known. He was a true friend that will be greatly missed.

Posted by Gerry Trafis - Friend   June 06, 2020

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We offer our sincerest condolences to Mare and the family. Bob had such a big heart and he shared it with anyone he came into contact with. He was very accomplished in his career, however I think his quirky personality a was what endeared him to so many people. We are very sorry that we will not be able to be there because of my health but you are all in our prayers. Our Faith reminds us that we will all be together again.

Posted by Bonnie and Jim Kenny - Parma Heights, OH - Friend   June 06, 2020

Please know how sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Such a great guy and full of life. Always a loss to have our classmates leave us.

Posted by Pamela Colonius-Ratts - Springfield, IL - Classmate   June 06, 2020

My condolences to Marilyn and family. Bob will be greatly missed at our Florida condo! I think almost everyone in the complex knew Bob, as he was one of the most friendliest people you could meet! Always willing to help anyone out! So many people in Florida are going to miss him!
God Bless my friend!

Posted by ARLY DIETRICH - Neighbor   June 06, 2020

So sorry. We all will miss him.

Posted by Bess Eastin - Ft Meyers bch, FL - Friend   June 06, 2020

Very sorry to learn of Roberts passing
I always enjoyed talking to him, especially about how he enjoyed playing baseball



Posted by Delmar Drier - Family   June 06, 2020

Our most sincere condolences to Bob's family. Bob had an incredible sense of humour and a contagious smile! He always had a joke to share and certainly lit up a room with his presence. He will be sorrowly missed. Marilyn our prayers go out to you for a speedy recovery and we hope you can find some comfort in knowing Bob is now at peace in a better place. Most sincerely, Nina and Rick Tachuk from EBT at Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Posted by Nina Tachuk - Ottawa - Friend   June 06, 2020

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Sending love and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Peggy Osborne - CLEARWATER, FL - Friend   June 06, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a great friend, a fun adversary on the field and a team mate who could always be counted on to play his best. My favorite conversations with him happened on the pitching mound, usually after a hanging curve ball. I will miss him dearly.
He was also the inspiration for Sue and my moving to Florida. Sadly our plan to play forever never came about but we had great times for many years
God bless you Bob, and your family

Scotty Cameron

Posted by Scott Cameron - Ft Myers, FL - Acquaintance   June 05, 2020

My condolences to the Leeche family. May the most high bless you guys with togetherness and strength

Posted by Gale Crawford - Cleveland Heights, OH - Student   June 05, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Leech family. Words cannot express our sorrow.

Posted by Joe & Dottie Kracheck - McKinney, TX - Family Friend   June 05, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you, and your family.

Posted by Dennis Wing - Cleveland, OH - Friend   June 05, 2020

Marilyn and family, our sincerest condolences.
We are so lucky to have known you and Bob and shared so many happy times, in Florida, with badeball, on vacations . We love you.
And as Bob would say. "God Bless" we are saying God Bless to you Bob. Rest in Peace. Love you...
Donna and Bill

Posted by Donna Sachs - Friend   June 05, 2020

Bob , a man who was passionate about baseball and his family .The two loves of his life. A compassionate , caring, kind
man.That is how l will remember him ,always. along with interesting baseball times together.best memory was pitching duel in Cooperstown , Bob always mentioned that game, his son Mickey always was included with his triple that won the game.

Posted by Bill Smith - Friend   June 05, 2020

Bob , a man who was passionate about baseball and his family .The two loves of his life. A compassionate , caring, kind man, that's how l will remember him,always, your friend Bill Smith.

Posted by Bill Smith - Friend   June 05, 2020

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My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Baseball Bob. His genuine love of children, baseball, and his faith will always be remembered. Bob was a steadfast volunteer in my classroom at Luis Munoz Marin and always was generous and kind to all of the children in need there. Thank you Bob for all of your years of service to the children of Cleveland.

Posted by Kristin Parrino - North Royalton, OH - Friend   June 05, 2020

I think God puts us in places to meet people that will bring a smile to our faces. I had the opportunity to play baseball with and against Bob for the last 25 years and he will be missed. Thanks Bob for all the years and for bringing a smile to my face.

Posted by Ron Kimble - Kent, OH - friend   June 05, 2020

Marilyn and family, prayers and love to all of you doing this difficult time. It is an honor to call Bob my friend.

Posted by Kathy Karpi - Parma, OH - Friend   June 05, 2020


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