Edwin Leo Tucker

May 30, 1938 - December 7, 2013
Edwin Leo Tucker

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Born at home in Greenville, NC May 30, 1938 to Jessie Mae and Ralph Leo Tucker. Leo was brought up in Norfolk, VA where his parents had moved during World War II to seek employment. He graduated from Maury High School in 1956. After receiving an Associate Arts degree from Old Dominion University, he continued his education at Virginia Tech, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1961.

After graduating from college Leo was hired by IBM Corporation in the Manufacturing Division at Endicott, NY. He left Endicott in 1964 to pursue a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University. After graduating he joined IBM at the Research Triangle Park location in the Product Development area. He retired in 1991 with 30 years of service.

After retirement, Leo and his wife Patricia moved from Raleigh to Boone, NC where they lived until 2004 and then moved to Wilmington, NC. During retirement they traveled to many countries, including Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and all 50 States.

In 1998 Leo began a medical journey with the blood disease Myelodysplastic Syndrome. He was determined to defeat it if possible and fought valiantly for 15 years. He was willing to take treatments that might help or cure him and he did so with a positive attitude. Leo’s friends and family provided him with loving support as he walked this difficult path with determination and dignity.

Leo was predeceased by his parents and his brother Jimmy Ralph Tucker.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, Patricia, Leo leaves behind many friends and family who will miss his kind manner and quick wit, including his sister-in-law Judy Samalack (Joe) of Mesa, AZ and brother-in-law Allan Rummery (Nancy) of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also leaves two special aunts: Frances Townsend, New Bern, NC; Edna Earl Rogers (Jimmy), Norfolk, VA; and two special cousins: Janice Spivey, Winterville, NC and Patsy Ann Hawley (Dean), Raleigh, NC. He was loyal to his friends and devoted to his family.

Leo often said he was blessed with good doctors. Special thanks are given to Dr. Kenneth Kotz and his staff at Cape Fear Cancer Specialists and to Dr. Scott Visser and his staff at Wilmington Family Physicians for their concerned and compassionate care. Special thanks also to Leo’s Hospice Nurse Kelli Yohe, Social Worker Jean Gieschan, and Hospice Volunteer Jeanne Bua who is also a friend and neighbor.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 2 PM Saturday December 14, 2013 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A reception for family and friends will follow the services.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • December 10, 2013
    Sheila McElveen says:
    Mrs. Tucker, Vicki and I were very saddened to hear of your loss. We enjoyed seeing Mr. Tucker and will miss him. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Sheila

  • December 14, 2013
    georges commagnac says:
    Please accept my condolences We pray for him

  • December 28, 2013
    Jan Allen says:
    Pat, I am so sorry. As you may recall, I worked with Leo during the 80's. Both of us were new to the project, which was also new, and there was an enormous learning curve. He had this great sign on the bulletin board in his office "There has been an alarming increase recently in the number of things I don't know." We had many conversations struggling to understand various aspects of the project. I remember a conversation once about accents. He told me that when he first started working in Endicott, his co-workers apparently hadn't met a Southerner before and teased him about his accent. He said the line that brought down the house was when he asked, "Well, what do y'all say when you want to say y'all?" I loved Leo's perspectives on people, his sensitivity, and his wonderful sense of humor. Pat, I'm so sorry that you and Leo went through this ordeal. Please know that you've been in my thoughts. Jan Allen

  • December 30, 2013
    Steve and Stuart Silver says:
    Dear Pat, Steve and I are sorry for your loss. We just learned about Leo last night from Marvin and Betty. He was a good friend to all. We know you will miss him. Take care. Steve and Stuart Silver

  • December 11, 2013
    Don & Irene Dunbar says:
    Pat, There is never a Christmas, an Ash Wednesday or May 29 and 30th that we don't think of our fun and funny friend Leo. He had a way of leaving everlasting memories since we first met in 1961. We know you will miss him but hold tight to your wonderful memories and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love from Don, Irene and family