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Updated: 03/06/2014 08:00:06AM

John Joseph Leach

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John Joseph Leach, 53, of North Port, Fla., passed away Monday, March 3, 2014.

He was born Aug. 8, 1960, in Rahway, N.J., to Robert and Roseanne Leach.

John loved riding his Harley and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be best remembered by his kind heart and smile. He loved animals, and his home is lovingly referred to as the Zoo. John always gave a helping hand to all in need. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His family and friends were never surprised to find out he and Theresa added another addition to the “Family.”

John is survived by his loving wife, Theresa; children, John Anthony of Parrish, Fla., Cheryl Ann Leach of North Port, Kelly Ann Speek of North Port, and Keith William Jans of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Debra Ann Leach of Cliffwood Beach, N.J.; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at McKee Funeral Home, 14538 Tamiami Trail, North Port. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at San Pedro Catholic Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port. For online condolences, please visit

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