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Abbot - Leland "Jay" Burleigh, 51, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 5, 2019. He was born on August 6, 1967, in Millinocket, the son of Francis and Barbara (Seymour) Burleigh.
Jay was known for his love of shoes and clothing, always looking stylish and colorful. He loved putting together puzzles, laces cards, going on bike rides, car rides, going out for coffee, watching heavy equipment operate, and watching maintenance projects. Leland was involved in his community and was active in Katahdin Friends, Brewer Middle School Multiple Handicap Center, and the Charlotte White Center Day Program.
He was predeceased by both of his parents. Leland is survived by his longtime friend, Ellen York of Bangor, the caring staff at CWSS Abbot House of Abbot, and the CWSS Day Program of Dover-Foxcroft.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor with the Rev. Dr. Rex Garrett officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to share in conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, immediately following the service. Interment at the Millinocket Cemetery, East Avenue, Millinocket, will follow the reception and will be officiated by Reggie Adams. Those who wish to remember Jay in a special way may make donations in his memory to Penquis, 262 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401, and the Charlotte White Center Day Program of Dover-Foxcroft, 572 Bangor Road, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Condolences may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
Published on May 17, 2019
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Sue K
Jun 04, 2019
I knew Jay back in 1979 - 80 - 81. I loved reading this description of him as an adult. I have so many memories of him - he was such a sweet boy. I often took him to a local lake and he just adored going for rides in our boat. He willingly wore a life jacket and always wanted to sit in one of the seats at the back next to the engine. He just smiled all the time with the wind in his hair riding around on the lake. Reading about his fashion sense reminded me of taking him shopping for school clothes one year - he did not (at that time anyway) like shirts that buttoned down the front, and he made that very clear! I would have loved to see his fashion choices when he was older! I have such... wonderful memories of the time I spent with Jay. I am sad that he has passed on, but truly loved hearing about his happy life after the time I knew him. He was a sweetheart!Read more
May 17, 2019
May you hear the birds, speak to many and be held by your parents with love ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•.
Zachary Brown
May 17, 2019
Leland will be missed. We had some fun memories. Leland made in impact on lots of peopleโ€™s lives. When you pay attention to him, he can be the sweetest. And his hugs they were always amazing โค๏ธ Gonna miss you Leland. Rest easy.
May 17, 2019
I will miss your very sweet and gentle presence on this earth my dear friend! I will miss you sitting criss cross applesauce at the table, I miss you wanting and searching for just the right outfit, or finding someones else's shoes, shirts, socks, pants or any article of clothing and wanting to make them your own and wanting to wear them immediately. I miss your cute little smile and the twinkle in your big eyes! I miss will miss you so much Mr. Jay๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ข
Martha Ann Engstrom
May 17, 2019
RIP Jay Bird we will miss you. You were a fun little man
who loved his coffee and his clothes.
Jennie Peterson
May 17, 2019
May you rest peacefully my friend โ™ก
Brookings-Smith Funeral Home
May 17, 2019