Thomas Leskovac 1943-2013
McDONALD – Thomas Leskovac, 70, passed away peacefully at his home late Friday morning, April 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Tom was born March 8, 1943, in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Mildred Vuletich Leskovac.
Tom was a lifelong resident of McDonald. He was a 1961 graduate of McDonald High School, where he was on the National Honor Society and served as senior class president.
He was a 1965 graduate of Kent State University, where he tutored for the Kent State University Athletic Department, and was president of the Eastern Orthodox Fellowship at Kent.
Tom received his master’s degree from Westminster College in 1986 with a master’s of education as well as certifications of principal and superintendent. Recipient of the Henderson Scholarship, he was also a member of the Phi Delta Kappa.
Tom was a teacher of English, American history, and world history. He also taught driver’s education. He taught in the Warren City Schools from 1965 to 1966, then he taught in Mineral Ridge High School for 22 years. He then served as Middle School principal and principal of Mineral Ridge High School. Tom was named outstanding leader of Secondary Education in 1972, retiring in 1993.
Upon his retirement, he owned and operated Ohio Remedial Driving Services for several years. He served as director of education for YCM, as well as an instructor of college English, psychology, ethics and business.
Tom was elected to the McDonald Village Council in 1969 at the age of 26, serving in the capacity for five years. He became McDonald’s youngest mayor at the age of 31. He still remains the youngest mayor elected in McDonald History. He served from 1974 to 1984. During his tenure, he successfully guided the village through the closing of the U.S. Steel Plant, obtained a grant for the construction of all streets and curbs south of Marshall Road, and separated the village from Weathersfield Township.
He also served two more years on council in 1986 and 1987. He was a long-time serving member of McDonald Zoning Board of Appeals. He was a District Executive for The Ohio Mayor’s Association and a candidate for Ohio State Senate in 1984, for which he received the endorsement of the Warren Tribune Chronicle.
Tom’s interest included a lifelong study of history, particularly presidential history. He also had a deep interest in antique autos and was a member of The Society of Automotive Historians. He was a member of Studebaker Club of America. He was a charter member of the McDonald Historical Society.
Tom was a member of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, where he and his wife volunteered weekly at the church’s fish dinners.
The most important thing to Tom was his family, his wife of 46 1/2 years, Patricia Markusic Leskovac, whom he married Nov. 19, 1966; his children, Thomas (Amy) Leskovac, Nancy Leskovac and John (Jennifer) Leskovac; his grandchildren – who were Tom’s greatest joy and who he loved to be around – Tommy, Nicholas, Nathan and Alyssa Leskovac, Eden and Vesna Leskovac, and Olivia, Luke and Chloe Leskovac; and his brothers, David (Betty) Leskovac and Daniel (Kathy) Leskovac.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Leskovac.
Tom’s family will receive family and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. April 22, 2013, Monday at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard. There will be a prayer service 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
Tom’s funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church. There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. at McClurkin Funeral Home prior to the church Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, 39 Laird Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509, in Tom’s memory.
Visit mcclurkinfuneralhome.com to send condolences to Tom’s family.