George Leopard, beloved husband of 50 years to Sue Huggins Leopard and father to Beau Leopard, died on Monday, May 9th in home hospice at his East Avenue residence in Rochester, NY. He was 77 years old.
George grew up in St. Mary’s City in Southern Maryland and spent happy boyhood years building boats and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and the St. Mary’s River. He was a graduate of RPI and Purdue University and held two masters degrees in mechanical engineering and business and finance as well as serving in the United States Army.
He developed a passion for cars as a teenager and during the course of his life restored countless automobiles. After a career in international management for the Eastman Kodak Company he retired in his 50s and established Linc Ontario Industrial Center, a business incubator, in an old cold storage building in Ontario, New York. He subdivided the building with the goal of supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to get started and created a collector car business, AUTOLINC Sports & Classics, restoring and dealing in European classic sports cars. Porsches were his specialty and favorite.
He loved to build and fix things and had a decades-long involvement in Rochester real estate and preservation, owning properties in Corn Hill, Susan B Anthony Square, Sibley Place and his much loved home on East Avenue, all of which he restored with creativity and enthusiasm. He was involved in renovating RoCo at its inception and was a member of RoCo's Advisory Board.
George had a sweet and caring nature, always ready to lend a helping hand. He was well loved, worked hard and lived a rich and varied life.
He is survived by his wife Sue and son Beau of Rochester, as well as daughter-in-law Amy Leopard of Rochester and sisters-in-law Gail Huggins of New York City and Amy Huggins of Los Angeles.