Leo Corrao, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Tuesday, April 18th at his home surrounded by his family, after battling cancer for the second time. Leo was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Salvatore and Benedetta (Sansone) Corrao, both of whom were born in Sicily. Leo was a Navy veteran of World War II, and served in submarines as a reservist following the war. He was a commercial fisherman, shipping out of Gloucester as a second and first engineer on large trawlers in Gloucester’s hey-day as a fishing port. When the fishing industry waned, Leo attended Wentworth Institute in Boston and became a Master Carpenter. After service in the Peace Corps as Construction Advisor to the Northern Province in Makeni, Sierra Leone, West Africa, Leo moved his family to New Mexico, settling in Bosque. There, the family purchased and renovated an old adobe home. Leo planted a small vineyard in Bosque and made wine for family use. Upon retirement, he took up golf and later painting
Besides his parents, Leo was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, Andrew, Anthony, and Salvatore Jr.; and sisters, Roseanna Ciamataro and Sylvia Capillo.
Leo is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Doris (MacNeil) Corrao; and his sister, Elizabeth Dickinson of Burlington, Massachusetts; Also surviving are Leo’s children, Deborah, wife of Brandon Pease of Queensland, Australia, Sonya, wife of Jerry Moya of Los Lunas, Jason and wife Terri (Kayser) Corrao of Rio Communities, Leslie, wife of Robert Cooke of Palmer, Alaska, and Leo Corrao and wife Diane of Little Compton, Rhode Island; grandchildren, Jack Corrao, Amy Corrao, Courtney Bloom, Chase Kayser, Jesse Moya, Abhain Pease, Rowan Pease, Troy Cooke, Savannah Cooke, Jonathan Corrao, Michael Corrao, and Tommy Corrao; great-grandchildren, Zaren and Greyson Bloom, Zayden and McKenzy Kayser, Madison and Isabella Corrao, Cedar Corrao, and Jacob, Samuel, and Soundra Corrao.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 22 at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel beginning at 11:00 AM, with the family receiving friends at 10:00 AM. Leo’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Presbyterian third floor Surgical Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Socorro General Hospital Hospice, 1202 Highway 60 West, Building E, Socorro, NM 87801. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448.