Thomas Charles Leavy, 70, postal worker, teacher

August 04, 2004

Thomas Charles Leavy, a retired postal worker who had a second career as a teacher, died of cancer Friday at Ruth's Comfort and Care, an assisted-living home in Northwest Baltimore. The Woodlawn resident was 70.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Mount Street, he was a 1953 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. While attending what is now Morgan State University, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Hawaii.

He then became a mail handler at the main Baltimore post office for 32 years, retiring in 1989.

Family members said he achieved a goal by completing his college education at what is now Coppin State University in 1993. He then was a substitute teacher and instructional assistant at Douglass and at William H. Lemmel Middle School.

He was treasurer of a local chapter of the National Society of Pershing Rifles.

A bass baritone, he was a member of the Norman Muldrow Male Chorus and sang at East Coast churches.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Macedonia Baptist Church, 718 W. Lafayette Ave., where he sang in the choir and worked with its food bank.

Survivors include a daughter, LaTonya Leavy-Green of Baltimore, and two grandchildren. His 1959 marriage to Lucille Torvish Baptist ended in divorce.

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