Speros J. Leanos, spirits salesman

March 13, 2009|By JACQUES KELLY

Speros J. Leanos, a retired wholesale wine and spirits salesman, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease March 4 at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson, where he had lived for the past 10 years. He was 92.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., and raised in Annapolis, he was a 1934 Annapolis High School graduate. As a young man, he worked at Jim's Corner, his parents' confectionery store and restaurant on West Street. He was also an A&P grocery store stock boy.

He served in an Army infantry unit during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of eight survivors when his company was overrun by the enemy at Vielsalm, Belgium. He celebrated the end of the war in Europe in Paris.

After the war, he moved to Baltimore and became an alcoholic beverage salesman for Kemp-Boone and sold products throughout Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. He was later employed by Foreman Brothers and F.P. Winner, where he retired in 1976.

In 1969, he returned to Annapolis and became active in SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where services were held Saturday.

Survivors include two sons, James Leanos of Philadelphia and Thomas Leanos of Long Valley, N.J.; a brother, Gus Leanos of Annapolis; three sisters, Virginia L. Elliott of Norfolk, Va., and Elizabeth Alexopulos and Helen Snyder, both of Annapolis; four grandsons; and a great-grandson. His wife of 52 years, the former Patricia Panos, died in 1994.

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