Leon was born in Mooers, April 21, 1942, the son of Edward J. and Evelyn A. (Favreau) Duprey. Leon has lived his entire life in Mooers, NY.
He was known to be an active member of his community and never shied away from hard work. He had many jobs over the years, including the family farm and his father and uncle’s sawmill, known to many as Duprey’s Lumber. He also continued his work at Roger’s Wood Products and did janitorial work for the Northeastern Central School district. In addition, he worked simultaneously for St. Ann’s Church and for the town of Mooers.
Leon had many passions, but his most notable is a love of country music, especially Crystal Gayle and many others. He enjoyed visiting people, watching baseball and football, camping, playing cards, dancing, and spending time with his family. He was also passionate about traveling to Florida every year.
Left to cherish Leon’s memory are, his wife of 55 years, the former Sharon Mildred Behan, whom he married, January 28, 1967 at St. Mary’s Church in Champlain, NY; her five children, Lisa (Karl) DeLong of Mooers Forks, NY, Rebecca (Christopher) Hill of Hemmingford, Quebec, Charlene (Ted) Breuer of Mooers Forks, NY, James Duprey and her fiancé, Crystal Berrios of Brooklyn, NY, and Ashley Duprey of Hemmingford, Quebec; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, four brothers and four sisters: Donald Duprey (Janice) of Mooers, NY, Raymond Duprey of Plattsburgh, NY, Msgr. Dennis J. Duprey from Peru, NY, Gerald Duprey (Mary) from Plattsburgh, NY, Diane Kozlowski (Steve) from Rochester, NY, Susan Merchant (Steve) from Rouses Point, NY, Joanne Caufield (Mike) from Knoxville, TN, and Betty Lapierre (Tom) of Mooers, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert Duprey; sister-in-law, Linda Duprey; and most recently his uncle, Douglas Duprey.
Calling hours will be Monday, April 18, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers. A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Mooers Forks with Msgr. Dennis J. Duprey, celebrating his life. Commitment prayers and entombment will follow at Saint-Joseph de Mooers Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to Saint Ann’s Church and the Mooers Fire Department.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, 236-4747. To make a floral purchase, offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture or share a photo in memory of Leon Duprey, please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com