It is with great sadness that I must report the loss of our friend and brother, Joe Leotta. On the evening of Tuesday March 26, 2002, Joe was struck by a car while crossing the street on the campus of Virginia Tech.
He passed away surrounded by family and friends on Saturday,
March 30, 2002. The prayers and well wishes from Joe's friends from all over the planet helped to comfort the family during those four days.
For those of you who didn't know Joe, suffice to say that if you
did, you had a friend for life. A guy who always had something perfect to say in the worst of situations, a guy who rolled with the punches of life, a guy you could always be sure had your back on stage and off. He was a great example to the youngsters who learned from him how to be an LBT family member. He
was among the best and brightest of the class of 2000. A good
kid who became a good man on stage, before our eyes.
For those of you who numbered yourself among the many fans of Joe (and anyone who met him became a fan), feel free to remember the good times with Joe - there were so many. While you're thinking about Joe, give a thought to the family he left behind. We may have lost a friend, but they lost a son and brother. If you have some love or good wishes to send, please send it all in their direction.
2000 Graduate Brian Wahlquist has set up a website in memory of
Joe. It has great photos and posted memories. You can leave some memories of your own. The address is:
The Leotta Family has established the Joseph G. Leotta Memorial
Fund. You can send a donation to 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, Va 22015. Attention: Fran Giska. Please make checks payable to Lake Braddock Secondary School and write Joe Leotta on the memo line.