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Leo (L. D. SHAW III) Franklin
February 11, 1966 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 57) 57 Years Old
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On October 26, 2023, Leo Daniel Franklin, also known as Duck, passed away peacefully but unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in the comfort of his home.
Leo was born February 11, 1966, in Staten Island Hospital his beloved parents Mary Francis Wilson-Franklin and Leo Daniel Shaw. He attended New Drop High School and spent most of his life in Staten Island. In 2017, Leo relocated to Binghamton, NY where he oversaw building and grounds operations for Seton Catholic School of Broome County.
Leo was considered a Jack of all trades, he was skilled in construction, landscaping, plumbing, painting, home maintenance and repairs, cleaning, carpentry, and auto mechanics. Leo took pride in the quality of his work and helped anyone in need. His reputation proceeded him, and his craftsmanship will forever be an integral part of the homes and facilities he touched. Leo was also a great cook and the designated griller at family barbeques.
Leo was a devoted family man, a loyal friend and a loving father. He was especially dedicated to building strong bonds with his children and grandchildren. He was also a loving brother, uncle, and cousin. His family, friends, coworkers, and customers remember him as a genuine and caring person who loved to make jokes and laugh.
Leo loved music. For years, he kept and eventually passed down vintage vinyls and a record player to his only son, Leo IV. He especially loved the soulful sounds of the 60s and 70s. He was also a fan of the 1980’s Hip Hop Music. He introduced classics to younger generations and often played The Temptations, Minnie Riperton, and Smokey Robinson. Leo was also a fan of 1980s hip hop.
Leo is survived by his children: Catrina, Maria, Leo, Alaina, Sharia, Cynthia, and Ariel. His grandchildren Emotion, Messiah, Joshua, Jaylen, Misa, Layla, and Leo Jr. His sisters Cynthia Franklin, Carol Shaw, and Cheryl Shaw, and his brother Michael Franklin. His uncle Kenny Shaw and a host of nieces and nephews and a slew of friends.
Leo’s soul is now at peace and in the company of his deceased parents, 13 siblings and other beloved family members.