Tomas Leal Sr., 88, died in San Antonio, on Saturday, April 20, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Tomas, was a native of Brownsville, Texas, where he lived most of his life. Mr. Leal retired from the City of Brownsville in 1986 after 28 years of service. He dedicated his life to community service and was involved as the President of the East Brownsville Little League; Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America of Brownsville; PTA President at J.T. Canales Elementary School; President of the City Council of PTAs; President of the Porter High School Band Boosters; Committee member of the Porter ELPAC(for special needs students); a food distribution volunteer; Auxiliary Volunteer at Brownsville Medical Center; Board of Directors of the Christ the King Church.
Tomas was an avid deer hunter and loved fishing and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan. He was a devoted husband, father, son, uncle and friend who earned the respect and love of all. He was known for his wisdom and ‘consejos’ to his family, friends and those he mentored. His sense of humor and quick wit made him an easy person to talk to and be with; he was an engaging person with a love of life and a positive outlook regardless of any challenges or difficulties. Tomas will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
Tomas was preceded in death by his loving wife, Yolanda Campos Leal; his parents, Gertrudes and Melquiades Leal; 3 sisters: Tomasa L. Martinez, Teresa L. Rodriguez, and Aurora L. Cavazos; and 3 brothers: Juan, Miguel, and Pablo Leal.
Tomas is survived by his children, Tomas, Jr. (Jose Cox) of Philadelphia PA, Ernesto (Frances), Hector (Ana), Miguel (Mary Helen), Estela Leal (Margaret Salas) all of San Antonio; a brother P.A. Beto Leal of Brownsville. He has 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue through 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 2800 Rockwell Ave. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. The VFW Funeral Honor Guard will render military honors
at the graveside.
Ernesto Leal, Hector Leal Sr., Miguel Leal Sr., Gabriel Ernesto Leal, Hector Leal Jr., and Miguel Leal Jr. are honored to be serving as Tomas’ pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: P.A. “Beto” Leal, Melquiades De La Rosa, Robert Mota Jr., and Dr. Ruben Gallegos.
many good memories of Senior Tomas.... i was an assistant Band Director at Porter HS in the early 80's and this man was a guiding spirit to our wonderful kids and awesome band. We depended on him so much. What a kind, elegant gentleman....May he rest in peace.
Lewis YearganBrownsville, TX
Tomas, Sr.’s warmth, sense of humor, and love of family will remain with me forever. How fortunate I have been to have your eldest son as a best friend and, by association, to have been friended by many members of the family. The man in the Cowboy hat who I escorted around San Francisco is a favorite memory of mine! Descansa en Paz mi estimado Sr. Leal!
Albert M. MooreSan Jose, CA
My condolences and prayers are with you and your family. May your dad Rest In Peace.
Melinda Rivera~RosalesSan Antonio, TX
¡Enviando nuestro más sincero pésame!
Rafael Rodríguez-Cortes & James SitaJersey City, NJ
I heard many wonderful stories of this incredible man who was such a huge part of your lives. May you carry those beautiful memories with you always and may he Rest In Peace! My heart and prayers are with your family.
Brenda RamirezSan Antonio, TX
My deepest condolences to the entire Leal Family. I wish I could be there to say my goodbye, but unfortunately I will not be able to attend the services.
I can only reflect on the many wonderful memories our families had growing up.
Mr. Leal was a kind, loving and generous gentleman. He will be missed, but his memories will never be forgotten.
My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Rene Carlos Rodriguez
Rene RodriguezHouston, TX
May you RIP MR LEAL. GOD BLESS YOU
Robert LongoriaSan Antonio, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Becky JonesSan Antonio, TX
the obit of your father was right on even though are paths rarely passed he did leave a lasting impression on me I would like to offer my deepest condolences and may peace be with you.
Juan (Johnny)Campos and Patricia CamposCanton, MI
Our Condolences to the Leal Family! May you Rest In Peace with Tia Yolanda, Tio Tomas! Loving you always, and thank you for all the Loving Memories! God Bless You!
Ernest & Carole LopezPasadena, TX