Sunday, October 14, 2007

Some info re the first service this week

Here is the death notice that will be in the newspaper. There is information about the viewing on Tuesday at Murphy Funeral Home.

Mason R. Leach
On Saturday, October 13th, 2007 at his residence in Arlington , VA , after a long, courageous battle with brain cancer. Cherished son of Danielle and Kirk Leach. Loving brother of Mateo Leach. Survived by a host of other relatives, friends, and his “segunda mama”, Francisca. “Hero” to all who knew him. In his short five-year life he lived in four countries: Bolivia , Honduras , Ecuador , and the United States. He spoke Spanish fluently, and loved to play soccer, sing, and paint. The family will receive friends at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd. , Arlington from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, October 16th. Later in the week, Mason will be buried with his grandfather at West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY , and there will be a celebration of his life at a site to be determined in Arlington . More information about these two services will be at as it becomes available. In lieu of flowers, please help Mason do something special for the pediatric oncology floor at Children’s Hospital by donating to: Mason Leach’s Super Star Fund, c/o Children’s National Medical Center, attn: Volunteer and Consumer Support Services, 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010.


John Boyle said...

Dear Kirk, db sent me the heartbreaking news about your courageous son Mason. Though I never had the privilege of meeting your son, his photo on the website speaks volumes about his character. I hope your sadness will be tempered by the pride you must have in him, and the love and joy he brought into your life. The Boyle family will be praying for you and your family and young Mason. With deepest sympathies, JB.

Lauren said...

Dear Kirk, Danielle and Mateo,

I work with your Aunt Karen and have great empathy, respect and now tremendous sadness for your family. While there are no words I can think of to say to make an awful time better, I do want to offer my home or any other way I can be of support to you and your family or friends when you are in NY.
My heart goes out to you and my thoughts are with you over this unbelievable loss. I wish I had the privelege of knowing Mason in person.
With sympathy,

Anonymous said...

I dont know you, but David Henderson is a member of our meeting (church) and raised your concerns with us. We are all holding you and your family in the Light and our prayers are with you as you go through this passage and celebration of the gift of Mason's life - although God decided to take him back.

Karine said...

Leach Family

I just go to know what happened and I am really sorry. I was Sophie's Gajadhar Aupair and I worked with them for 2 years and long enought to know about Mason as a cute boy, according to Sophie. I am in Brazil right now but my prayers will be with you.May God give you the strengh you need.
With sympathy,
Karine Silva

Katie said...

Kirk and Danielle,
I shared Mason's story with my kids in Pachijal, shortly after you left Ecuador. I reminded them that Mason and Mateo had donated their books and craft supplies to us. We talked about how scary it must be for mason, but they decided your boys would've been great friends had they had the opportunity to visit us.

I know Mason's life was short, but you filled it with wonderful things. You are great examples for your boys and all who know you. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Con paz y amor, Katie Jones