Samuel Leary

Samuel Ferebee Leary Jr.

Wednesday, November 9th, 1949 - Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Samuel F. Leary, Jr., 69, was called to his heavenly home June 11, 2019. Sam was born in Elizabeth City, NC to the late Samuel and Janie Harrison Leary. He was a graduate of Deep Creek High School; he received his Master’s degree from University of Virginia and Doctorate in Education Administration from Virginia Tech. Sam was a Principal and retired as an Administrator with Chesapeake Public Schools. He was an avid history buff and was involved in several community and historical civic groups. Sam was a member of River Oak Church; he grew to love the Lord and looked forward to serving him.

He is survived by the love of his life, Colleen Crain Leary; his children, Sam Leary (Jennifer) and Mark Leary (Kimberly), Brandon Fox, and Ashley Combs (Justin); he is also survived by his grandchildren, Luke, Aidan, Layne, Logan, Brittany and Megan; great-grandchildren, Leslie, Addison, Christian and Graham; a sister, Peggy Holloway (Jimmy); his brother, Mike Leary (Gail); and his best friend, Dan Cameron.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. at River Oak Church with Pastor Heath Burris officiating. Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services will be caring for arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence to the family.
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    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Monday, June 17th, 2019 3:00pm
    River Oak Church
    255 Great Bridge Boulevard
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Heath Burris


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Dan Mulligan

Posted at 11:13pm
During my first days at CPS, Sam truly made me feel welcome. He was a wonderful person with a caring nature. My condolences to Colleen and the family. Dan Mulligan

Scot Beach

Posted at 08:37pm
Sam was a great man. I am sorry f or your loss. He will be missed. Sincerely, Scot Beach

Regina Bray

Posted at 08:58pm
Colleen, I so sorry to hear about your loss of your husband. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time in your life. May God bring you comfort and healing. Regina Bray

SueAnna Mirabelli

Posted at 10:07am
Dear Colleen, I was saddened to hear of your family's loss. You were the first principal to hire me and my biggest supporter. I remember when I heard you had met Sam and were united in marriage! And now, about 20 years later, our paths are still crossing. Not only am I working with your daughter-in-law, but I was also introduced to Sam. This past year, he was seen at Crestwood Intermediate School volunteering his time to help us out! What a wonderful legacy!!! Colleen, I have been praying for you and your family on a daily basis. I am praying for God's comfort during this difficult time. SueAnna Mirabelli

Georgia Sandloop

Posted at 09:48am
Dear Colleen, My heart is broken for you and your family. I was so shocked when I heard the news of Sam's passing. He was such a great guy. I remember when you two became a team. I was so happy for you both. I thought to myself what a wonderful life they will have together. We lost touch through the years, but once in a while I would hear how happy you two were together. The trips you would take, family events, and adventures. I would always smile and be so happy for you two. I am so sorry your time was cut so short. I pray in time with God's help, family, and friends your pain will decrease. Please know I am sending lots of hugs and prayers your way. Much love, Georgia Sandloop

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