Leo was known for his great sense of humor and pranks; he once woke his wife up on her 50th to a mariachi band in their bedroom. Traveling the world through his camera lens, he frequently embarrassed his family with his total disregard of barriers and "no trespassing" signs. His library overflowed with history books, especially WWII. He couldn’t cook to save his life, and no one wanted to ride with him in a car. But he was brilliant, fun, insightful and the person from whom you sought advice.
Leo was often a mentor to people who were struggling. He was a reassuring voice to his daughters, always saying “hey, everything will be okay.” When they were particularly anxious, he would recite his favorite poem to them, “Some of your hurts you’ve cured, The worst you’ve even survived, But what torments of grief you’ve endured, From evils that never arrived.” His philosophy was to embrace life and try, and to remember that failure has value, so don’t let fear hold you back.