He Will Be Missed!
Leo Cancellare, 41, the longtime
coach of the El Paso Aqua Posse swim team and principal at
Cathedral High School, passed away Friday April 2, 1999 after
nearly a year-long battle with cancer.
Leo Appreciation Dinner
The Cancellare family would like
to thank the El Paso community along with the swimming community
for their participation in the Leo Cancellare Appreciation Dinner.
There were over 1,000 attendees to the dinner who made the two-day
auction a great success. Without your help the phenomenal amount of
$100,000 plus could not have been raised. More is coming in daily.
Thanks to all who not only made this event successful, but a
memorable one as well. Old friends gathered, swimmers revisited
glory days, and everyone had a tale to tell about how Leo has made
this sport so special to so many.
Pledges are still being accepted
for an educational foundation for the Cancellare kids. Please send
Leo Cancellare Educational
C/O Chase Bank Texas
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Graduate of Irvin High School
Married to Vera (Assistant Principal, Bassett Middle School)
Children: Sarah (18), Vito (16), Emily (14)
Principal & President of Cathedral High School
Inducted into Fl Paso Sports Hall of Fame - 1994
Golden Nugget Award (UTEP Outstanding Alumnus 1998)
Head Coach of Fl Pose Aqua Posse from 1979-1999 during which time
EPAP helds as much as 85% of all Border Swimming Records
Over 80 EPAP swimmers have been sent to college on swimming
scholarships (Schools such as Texas, TCU, SMU, Houston, USC,
Harvard, Williams, Stanford, Notre Dame, Duke, West Point,
Annapolis, UNM, NMSU, etc.)
Produced 79 Swimming High School All-Americans more then all other
Trained 5 Olympic Team Members and several Olympic Trials
Leo Honored at TAGS
From Tags at Midland: On Friday,
the Leo Banner (says Texas at top, Swimming at bottom, and has Leo
in the middle of a big red heart) was placed on the end of the
diving board by Steve Emmanual, Texas Swim Magazine, prior to a
moving address to 1000 folks about how much Leo has meant to Texas
Swimming......... All applauded...
Westside Pool Renamed After
Here's what others have had to
You can't help but love the guy!
The first time I heard him he was instructing a kid about an
upcoming swim. Just listening to him got me so charged up I was
ready to run through a wall for him! ...He has a love for people
and for life that radiates around him. Whether it's a parent, coach
or teacher every kid needs a person like Leo Cancellare in their
life. Someone who is always there through the good times and the
bad, and will unconditionally stand by their side. God bless you
Leo! You're what life's all about!" Texas Swim Magazine, July
"Leo Cancellare runs at life with
the speed of Michael Johnson and embraces it with the force of King
Kong. The man is a beacon in El Paso, one who sends off an energy
and strength that supplies all who know him. As coach of the El
Paso Aqua Posse Swim Team for over 20 years and Principal of
Cathedral High School the last few,the man has had a chance to
touch more lives - both athletically and academically - than most
could only dream of reaching."
Bill Knight, El Paso Times, 1998
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BLESSINGS ON YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING
LEO A PLACE TO GROW AND BE LOVED IN HIS FINAL DAYS....
I NEVER KNEW THIS MAN FOR WHOM YOU
DID A VERY MOVING TRIBUTE PAGE ON YOUR WEB SITE, BUT ONE CAN SURLY
SEE THAT HE WAS VERY WELL LOVED AND I WISH I HAD KNOWN HIM.
FORTY ONE YEARS OLD IS VERY YOUNG
TO PASS AWAY, BUT I CAN ONLY THINK OF ONE PLACE THAT HE COULD BE
AND THAT IS WITH THE FATHER AS HE MUST HAVE NEEDED THE KIND OF
SPIRITUAL HEART THAT LEO HAD. WHY ELSE WOULD HE TAKE HIM SO
I REALIZE NOW THAT IT IS TWO YEARS
SINCE THAT SAD DAY BUT THE MISSING MUST STILL BE EVIDENT.
THANK YOU FOR LEAVING THIS TRIBUTE
UP ON YOUR PAGE AS IT WAS GOOD TO READ IT AND HIS LIFE AS IS NOTED
IS VERY INSPIRING, STILL.
BLESS YOU ALL THAT DID KNOW HIM AS
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER, LEO....
I AM, ANDY WALDORF OR JUST,
PS. I AM A MAN OF SIXTY YEARS AND WAS CRYING SO HARD I COULDN'T SEE
WHILE READING ABOUT THIS MAN. PRAISE THE LORD THAT YOU HAD HIM AS
LONG AS YOU DID. HE PACKED A LOT OF LIFE INTO A VERY SHORT TIME,
BLESSING ON YOU ALL...