Born in: Oakland, California
Resided in: San Jose, California

Leon James Lemos, entered into rest on December 28, 2020 in San Jose, CA.  He was 78, beloved father to Brett Lemos and his wife Mireya Lemos of Los Angeles CA, and Scott Lemos and his wife Shelly Lemos of Charlotte NC, grandfather of Brittany Lemos and her spouse Eirik Eide of Oslo, Norway, Geoff Lemos of Kansas City Kansas, Chloe Lemos of Charlotte NC, and Keaton Lemos of Charlotte NC, including 6 step-grandchildren. He is survived by the mother of their children Kay Gabany of Charlotte NC.

Born in Oakland, CA in 1942 to the late Richard and Adeline Lemos. Leon grew up in Fremont CA as a devout Catholic with a loving family and happy memories of Fremont when it was a rural farm community of orchards and open land. He was a technical writer for IBM for 27 years and proud member of the Quarter Century Club, avid gardener, enjoyed bowling, and loved socializing with friends. He graduated from Washington HS in 1960 and received an AA from Foothills College in 1963. He entered the Army in 1964, was stationed in Bonn Germany, and was Honorably Discharged as a Private First Class in 1966.

Donations may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley at

Due to COVID restrictions, a small service of family and close friends will be held on Saturday, January 9 held at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd followed by burial at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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  1. With deepest sympathies as you remember Leon. Wishing everyone in the family moments of peace and comfort as you reflect on the memories shared. Regards, The Casey Family (Lisa, Matt, Carol and James)

  2. My beloved loyal friend of almost twenty years, “Uncle Leon” as my kids referred to you. You have gone away too soon and my heart has a permanent hole. Thank you for the memories, for being there for me and all of the people who needed you! I hope you have found the peace you so deserve. You are sorely missed!

  3. Leon and I were friends for over 30 years. So many memories of good times, good food and good music shared. Long conversations about life and love, good and evil, dreams and reality, and above all else-living a full and interesting life. Lenny spoke lovingly of his sons and grandchildren, and spent long hours searching for special gifts for them. He was a social being and always up for a gathering or celebration. Knowing him expanded my views and my heart. He will be missed by my husband and I, and our daughter JoElla. I treasure the time we had together. Condolences to his family and many friends.


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