On Tuesday, August 14 2018, Leon Paz, Jr. left us in body, but not in spirit. He is survived by his wife Susan, children Leon, Carlos and Rosalie, mother Aurora, Sister Guadalupe, nine grandchildren, and extended family. He will also be remembered by countless others as he was a father figure, mentor, friend, and compadre to so many more. He was a warrior for justice and fought hard on numerous campaigns. His dedication was contagious and inspiring. Leon Paz was a very private and respectful man—especially in times of tragedy. He touched and inspired many lives.
Leon Paz Jr. left this world surrounded by family and friends, which is how he lived his life. He was a loving son, brother, father, godfather, grandfather, and friend to many people. Leon held a handful of jobs during his career, but they were simply a means to an end. His real passion was his family and his friends. He was an avid camper, exceptional cook, political activist, church volunteer, gardener, and a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. The impact on people who knew him will be felt for many generations to come. To say that he will be missed is an understatement.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Providence of God Church 717 West 18thStreet, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Funeral Service: Monday, August 20, 2018 lying in State from 9:00 am until start of Mass 11:00 am at St. Procopius Church, 1220 West 18thStreet (Corner of 18thStreet and Allport Street). Burial St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park next to his brother, Daniel Paz.
Many have asked for a way in which they can help the family during this tough time, they have created this Go Fund Me page as an avenue for those who wish to give in his honor and legacy, especially those who cannot attend his services.
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