Leo J. Porcaro

Leo Joseph Porcaro – 89 – of 119 East Elm St., Hornell, died early Wednesday morning (March 4, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital, where he had been taken by city ambulance after suffering a devastating fall at his home.

Leo was born as Americo Vespucci Porcaro in Furci, Italy on September 12, 1930, and was the son of Nicola & Angeline Porcaro.

When Leo was seven years old, his family moved to the United States and settled in Hornell. While attending St. Ann’s School, the Nuns renamed him to Leo Joseph Porcaro. He grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School.

Leo was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country during the Korean Conflict.  He received the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in action.

For a brief time, Leo was employed at the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad.  For many years he worked as a laborer for several construction companies, primarily for SJ Groves & Sons Construction Company of Rochester.  While working for SJ Groves & Sons, Leo took part in many major construction jobs throughout the Rochester area and the Southern Tier.  Some of the more notable jobs were the construction of Route 86, Route 390, Route 490, Route 590, the Inner Loop and the Rochester War Memorial.  He retired from the Rochester Laborers Union.

Leo was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church where he had served as an usher.  He was also a life member of the following organizations: The Sons of Italy (G. Carducci Lodge), The Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Hornell American Legion. He was the last living member that was born in Italy, of The Beato Angelo Society, the Patron Saint of Furci Italy.

An avid card player, Leo enjoyed playing poker and euchre, but especially loved playing hearts.  He also enjoyed watching western movies and old western TV shows such as The Rifleman, Bonanza and Loredo.  He could never turn down the opportunity to watch a classic John Wayne movie.  Leo loved rooting for the Buffalo Bills, especially during the Super Bowl years.  However his greatest joy in life was simply spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Leo was preceded in death by his Parents and his brother, Donald Porcaro.

He was married on May 26, 1956 (63 years) to Joanne (Secondo) who survives.  Also surviving are 2 daughters, Rene (Joe) Richardson of Alfred and Mary Magari of Syracuse; 2 sons, Richard “Rick” Porcaro of Byron, NY and Nicholas “Nick” (Kathleen) Porcaro of Arkport; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Leo J. Porcaro will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 2:00 PM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.

Leo’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, 41 Genesee St., Hornell, NY 14843 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

In recognition of Leo’s service to his country during the Korean Conflict, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

8 Responses to “Leo J. Porcaro”

  1. Bonnie McCluskey says:

    Our condolences.
    We treasure the time spent with Leo Porcaro, and hold his family in our hearts.

    The McCluskeys

  2. Robert Pardi says:

    My condolences to Leo’s Family. Leo will surely be missed and may he rest in peace.

  3. Angelo and Annette Pardi says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Porcaro family.
    Cousin Leo was more than a cousin.
    He was, in all sense, the patriarch of an amazing family.
    He has left behind a beautiful legacy that will continue his journey.
    We are forever great full to you Poppie.
    Your humor, your kindness, and love will be greatly missed.
    God bless you. Rest in Eternal Peace. 🙏🏼
    We love you forever,
    Aiden, Ange, and Net ❤️

  4. Deborah Pollizi says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family
    So sorry for your loss
    Sending prayers

  5. Kim Clifford Wood says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this sad time and in the days ahead.

  6. Christopher Nogaro says:

    Dear Mrs. Porcaro,

    I am so very sorry about Leo. I’m sure you will remember me; I hosted the Beato Angelo parties in Buffalo for many years. My grandma was a Cianciosi and her first cousins were the Daniels clan.
    I remember Leo attending a few of my parties, accompanied by my grandma’s cousin, Angelo Daniels. He was always so proud to be there and I was honored to have him there.
    I have so many great memories of our wonderful and unforgettable paisans from Furci, and Leo is certainly a member of that fine group.

    It’s been many years since I’ve seen you and Leo and we have just a few paisans from Leo’s generation left in Buffalo.
    Please know that I’m sending my love and deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends at this sad time.
    God bless, you, Leo, you were a wonderful gentleman whom I am blessed to have known.

    Viva Beato Angelo da Furci!


    My prayers go out to Joanne and the family.
    RIP Leo You will be missed.

  8. Bob Codispoti says:

    I only met Leo during the passed few years. I am sorry I did not get to know Leo long ago. Leo was just a wonderful person who you enjoyed being around. I enjoyed immensely the coffee sessions at Burger King with Lenny, Chuck, Marty and Leo. We would spend the morning talking about different subjects, in particular politics. It would allows take a comment from Leo to bring us all back to reality.

    God bless Leo. We are all fortunate to have Leo pass by and know such a wonderful individual! Leo, we will miss you!