Bento (Ben) C. Leal, Jr., 93, died Friday, February 8, 2019, at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley a few days after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his beloved wife Jean Gancos-Leal, children Bento III, Kathi, David, Gregory, Mark, Maureen, Patty, their spouses, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was born on a dairy farm in Newark, CA, proudly served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, and spent most of his professional life as President and then Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Union Local 856 and also as an International Trustee of the union. He was a dear friend and mentor to many. Visitation Service will be held at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro, on Wed., Feb. 20, from 5:00-8:00 pm with the Rosary Service at 6:00 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will take place at the church on Thurs., Feb. 21, at 10:30 am followed by a reception in the church hall. Private burial service with family members at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. Charitable donations in his name can be made to Assumption Rosary Makers or charity of your choice.
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