Leonard SouleLeonard A. “Leo” Soule of 6229 Mecklenburg Rd, Mecklenburg, passed away unexpectedly at Cayuga Medical Center on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the age of 55.

Born on October 6, 1955 in Ithaca, Leonard was the son of the late Allen and Eleanor Leonard Soule. As a lifelong resident of Mecklenburg, Leonard developed many lasting friendships through his school years in Trumansburg and while attending the electrical program at BOCES.   Further friendships were made through his membership in the Loyal Order of Moose, and during his career of 38 years with the City of Ithaca. Memorable times for Leonard were polishing and riding his Harley, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and watching NASCAR racing with the guys in Coyle’s garage.

 Leonard is survived by his wife Jean Hile Soule of Mecklenburg; two daughters, Heather and Crystal Soule of Mecklenburg; two sisters, Regina (Steve) Corey of Trumansburg and Joyce (Chris) Snyder of Garner, NC; father and mother-in-law, Albert and Dorothy Hile of Newfield; brother-in-law, Albert (Christina) Hile Jr of Bell Buckle, TN; a nephew who was like a brother to Leonard, Randall “Scott” (Shelly) Percey, two nephews, Howard “Skip” Percey and John Albert Hile; three nieces, Robin (Tim) Ciaschi,  Deanna Shrewsbury, and Olivia Hile; many cousins, aunts, uncles, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Eagles Club on Cecil B. Malone Drive in Ithaca (behind Wegmans). In keeping with Leonard’s wishes, this is to be a time of celebrating the joyful events in his life. Please bring a story or memory to share with one another.

Those who wish to make a contribution in Leonard’s memory are asked to kindly consider the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Dept, P.O. Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY  14863 or the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Mecklenburg, NY  14863.