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In loving memory of
Leo Harry Dowling
  • January 13, 1939
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  • April 01, 2022

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Leo Harry Dowling, 83, of Ormond Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 1, 2022. He was born in Holyoke, MA on January 13, 1939, and was the son of the late Mildred (Weigel) Dowling and Leo J. Dowling. He was predeceased by his sisters, Barbara A. Gavron and Kathy E. Dowling. He is survived by his wife Tonya Dowling, and his sister, Margaret (Peggy) Charette. He is also survived by his daughters, Barbara A. Torre, Michelle J. Dowling, Lisa A. Coschignano, and Colene R. DeTullio.

Leo’s family was his greatest joy in life. He was called “Pap” by his four grandchildren, Anthony and Joseph Coschignano, and Nicholas and Joey DeTullio. He loved taking them on fun filled family vacations to Orlando or gathering everyone together for a Caribbean cruise. He spent many days driving his grandkids to school, bouncing them around the yard on his lawn mower, and teaching them to wield machetes to hack down weeds. His yard was his pride and joy. He spread enough dirt around his property to build a small island. You have never seen a man smile as big as Leo when dirt was delivered.

Leo served 6 years in the Navy, stationed in Sanford, FL, as security police. The stories he shared with us about his Navy experiences will fill us with laughter for years to come.

He was an infamous bartender at the iconic Other Place Bar in Daytona Beach, FL. Thirty years later, when he would run into patrons of the establishment, he may not have remembered their name, but he sure knew what drink they preferred.

Leo was a most generous man, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Whether you called him King Leo, Pap, Sonny, or Chicken Daddy, his witty humor, granite head stubbornness, and compassion will be missed.


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  1. Rita Michelini lit a candle:
    11 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 11, 2022 at 4:06:10 PM

  2. Barbara Torre says:
    09 Apr 2022
    There are not many people fortunate enough to call their father a best friend. The years we spent together renovating the dilapidated house I bought, working out at Planet Fitness and then going to McDonalds for senior coffee with the gang, or just watching Gunsmoke are just a few of the things that allowed me be one of those fortunate people who could do just that. My gratitude for the time I had with him, and knowing that he was loved by so many is comforting in this time of incredible loss. There will never be another one like him. We love you Chicken Daddy

  3. Glenda Pifer says:
    08 Apr 2022
    Leo….. what an amazing person, I feel so lucky that I got to know him.
    Much love,
    Glenda

  4. Danielle Pifer lit a candle:
    08 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 8, 2022 at 4:21:37 PM

  5. Glenda Pifer says:
    08 Apr 2022
    Leo…… What an AMAZING person, I feel so lucky that I got to know him.
    Glenda

  6. Annie Scott says:
    07 Apr 2022
    He was that one “really cool Uncle “ that I was fortunate to have in my life for 57 years. I know that he loved his family more than anything in the world and we will never be the same without him. Thank you Leo for all the wonderful memories from childhood to adulthood that you have given us.

    Love,
    Annie

  7. Pauline Coschignano says:
    07 Apr 2022
    To me, Leo was a legend- he was one of the most interesting and most colorful person I ever met. He always had a amusing story but what was fascinating about his stories, if you really listened, there was always a line of wisdom and morality that slipped through! You will be greatly missed.

  8. Anthony Coschignano lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:56:47 PM

  9. Joseph Coschignano lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:55:18 PM

  10. Nicholas DeTullio lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:18:39 PM

  11. Lisa Coschignano lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:46:57 PM

  12. Lisa Coschignano says:
    07 Apr 2022
    My father was a man like no other. There aren’t enough words to express how much he meant to me and how important he was in my life. Losing him is the hardest thing that I’ve been through. He was special, kind and loved by many. Having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact he is gone. Thank you for being my dad. I will always miss and love you forever.

  13. Virginia Dowling says:
    06 Apr 2022
    He truly loved his children and grandchildren, and of course Tonya. He will be missed by all! Ginny

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