Times West Virginian
Dr. Leo Francis Modi, 89, of Mannington, passed away very peacefully Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) in Fredericksburg, Va., with his loving wife and daughter at his side.
A lifelong resident of Mannington, Dr. Modi served his country in the U.S. Army with honor and pride and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1946. During his World War II duty, Dr. Modi was a radio mechanic and later a gifted and talented trumpet bandsman. He and his dance band performed at countless social events and dances playing the greatest hits of the “Big Band” era.
Following his military service, Dr. Modi attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated cum laude in 1952 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He immediately returned to his hometown of Mannington to begin a decades-long career as Mannington’s dentist, in which he faithfully served his community with care, compassion, understanding and respect.
The residents of Mannington affectionately knew Dr. Modi simply as “Doc,” and everyone knew if they ever needed advice, care or a helping hand — anytime, day or night — they could call on Doc.
For his entire life, Doc was compassionate in helping others. He set the example in his community as a model and ideal citizen. Doc had a deep love for music, directing and singing with the church choir, life and the Roman Catholic faith, with membership in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mannington, a charter Third Degree member of Holy Family Council 11890 Knights of Columbus in Mannington, and also a Fourth Degree member of Marian Assembly Knights of Columbus in Fairmont. He was an avid golfer, traveled the world, loved crab legs or a steak on the grill, and spent as much time as he possibly could with family and friends.
Doc was a member of the Mannington Elks, Moose and Lions clubs, as well as the American Legion.
Doc was preceded in death by his parents, Solomon and Wadia, as well as a sister, Elma Raad, all of Mannington.
Doc leaves behind Thelma, his loving wife, whom he wed in 1944; his son, Dr. Thomas and wife Anne of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Jill Baron and husband James of Fredericksburg; and four wonderful grandchildren who all deeply loved, admired, enjoyed and respected their grandfather, Aubrey and Andrew Modi of Atlanta, and Russell and James C. Baron, both of Fredericksburg.
A Holy Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. William of York Catholic Church, Fredericksburg. Friends may call at Hutson Funeral Home, 500 E. Main St., Mannington, from 2-9 p.m. Friday, where the rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mannington with the Rev. Father Douglas B. Sutton as celebrant. Interment will be in Mannington Cemetery with Marion County Veterans Council rendering full military honors.
Doc’s honorary pallbearers will be Thomas and Andrew Modi, John Latocha, James S., Russell and James C. Baron.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Modi’s name to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, 1503 Michaels Road, Henrico, VA 23229-4899.
Online condolences may be accessed at www.hutsonfuneralhomes.com.