Frederick A. Leedy, 96, died peacefully at home in Springfield, VA, on Jan. 5th. He is survived by his daughters, Ellen Gorman and Marjorie Green; four granddaughters, Jillian Gorman Villalobos, Charlotte Gorman, Julia Green, and Catherine Green; and sons-in-law, Neil Weinstein and Bob Green. His wife, Janet Kerr Leedy, and a sister, Mary Jean Leedy Henry, pre-deceased him.
Born May 5, 1923, in Bellville, OH, to Melvin Oldfield and Mina Frederick Leedy, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and a masters degree and certificate from The Russian Institute at Columbia University.
From January 1943-July 1946, he served as a radio/signal officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He subsequently served in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In his first career, he spent 28 years as a statistician with the International Statistical Programs Center of the U.S. Census Bureau, retiring as Assistant Bureau Chief of Statistical Operations. After he and Janet moved to Fredericksburg in 1980, he became a licensed real estate agent and, ultimately, broker and co-owner of Cooper-Leedy, REALTORS. He received the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS’ Hall of Fame award in 2001, with citations for his integrity, generous heart, and humanitarian work.
A firm believer in giving back to the community, he served through the years in numerous roles, including civic association, community pool association, and REALTOR association boards, as a Sunday school teacher, and, at his retirement community, Greenspring Village, as longtime head of the Episcopal Fellowship, board member of the Democratic Club, and a member of Friends Visiting Friends at Garden Ridge.
He was particularly proud of the work he did with members of his longtime church home, St. George’s Episcopal Church, and other community leaders to found Loisann’s Hope House, which several decades later still serves homeless children and families in Fredericksburg and surrounding counties.
Memorial service arrangements are not complete. Those wishing to honor his life may make contributions to Loisann’s Hope House, 902 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Loisann's Hope House
902 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg VA 22401