We are deeply saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Leo 'Lee' Bianchi on August 12th after a spirited 72 years among us.
Leo was born in and lived the entirety of his life in Galewood on the northwest side of Chicago, in which he took immense pride. Growing up, he could be found at Park Nine playing baseball or at North Austin Boys' Club playing football or at Ridgeland Common playing hockey or sitting in the penalty box. In high school, Leo captained the Fenwick High School hockey team in its drive to victory in the Kennedy Cup Championship in 1968. He continued on to The Ohio State University and remained a forever Buckeye fan.
Leo was passionate about his love for the city -- Wrigley Field, the Chicago Stadium, the Loop, the symphony, the theaters, the restaurants, the unique neighborhoods and people -- and the invaluable lessons learned from living in "the best city in the world." He was a longtime bartender at The Plaza at Park Grill in downtown Chicago, where he made countless friends and occasionally served them their drinks.
Anyone who knew him could attest to his charisma, infectious laugh, wit, mischievousness, strength, loyalty, tremendous kindness, and big heart.
He leaves behind his beloved daughters Mary Catherine Bianchi (Joe Ciccone), Cassi (Rocco) Abbinanti and Kara Bianchi; cherished grandchildren Luciana, Melania, Domenica and D'Maglio; loving brothers Andy Bianchi and Mike (Sue) Bianchi; nephews Nick Ricci a/k/a The Prince, Mike Ricci, Michael Bianchi, Andrew Bianchi and niece Jen (Ryan) Schembari; and many loving family members and friends. Leo was preceded in death by his parents Florence and Nicholas Bianchi, and sister Carla (the late Jack) Ricci.
Though the world seems a little dimmer, we will never forget your light.
A celebration of Leo's life will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, IL