Clifford Andrew “Andy” Leach

Born: 05/12/1931 Passed:

Clifford Andrew “Andy” Leach “(Smiley), 88, passed away November 1st, 2019. He was born in Gassaway, West Virginia on May 12, 1931. Andy lived most of his life in Akron, Ohio. In his younger years he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran during which time he received two purple hearts. After his three years of service Andy came back to Ohio and worked for Goodyear in the Aircraft Braking Systems Department for 40 years. Andy was also a part of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid outdoorsman.

Andy was preceded in death by his wife Gwendolyn, son Michael and grandson Andrew.

He is survived by his daughters Stephanie Cooper (Carl), Cynthia Wilson (Edward) and Andrea Vallen (William), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and friend Sandy Pilcabage.

He will be laid to rest following full military honors in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman on November 25th at 2:30 pm. Condolences can be shared with his family online at

Heritage Cremation Society


6 Tributes to Clifford Andrew “Andy” Leach

  1. Elva Pounders says:

    Andy was a good friend. We spoke often about his service and his brother Jim. Andy grew up in Sawyerwood. My Mom would fix fried apple pies and Andy would always show up to eat them. He will be missed.

  2. Helen Lough Jarvis says:

    Andy was a wonderful man–first cousin; and we enjoyed several hunting experiences on our WV farm! We’ll miss him very much. Condolences to the family.

  3. Laurie Gilles says:

    I wish to express my condolences to Jessica Cooper and her family at the passing of her grandfather, Clifford Leach. Jessica, please know that I am thinking of you and your family and hope that you will reach out to me if you want to talk and share your stories of this dear man. Mourning the loss of a loved one that you have known all your life is difficult. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. inister Chris Mcglumphy says:

    I wish to express my condolences to Sandra Pilcavage Andy’s best friend and companion of 24 years. May the Lord comfort your heart and wrap his Loving arms around you at this difficult. Den and I are greatly going to miss our brother-In-Law Andy.

    Den and Minister Chris McGlumphy

  5. Tammy Morris says:

    Prayers and comfort to the family.

    The Wyatt Family, daughter of Shirley Berry Andy’s cousin.

  6. Sandra Pilcavage says:

    To share only one memory of Smiley isn’t enough. Listening to him talk of his life adventures was great. Hunting,fishing,childhood,military days,I loved hearing him and Fergie tell their stories of their lifetime friendship. My friend.lover,companion and soul-mate is gone but,I will never forget or stop loving you.The 24 years we had were great but,not enough.Rest in peace my love.

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