St Louis Cremation Matthew Leake

Matthew Leake

On Monday Aug 24, 2020 Matthew Joseph Leake, son of Wm. Alan and Helen E. Leake, passed away from Covid-19 related complications at the age of 60. Born June 27, 1960, Matt is survived by his sisters, Jane (Luft) & Amy (Ramos) and his brothers Gregory, Timothy & Michael. He is lovingly remembered by his brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and close friends.

Matt was a past member of the Holy Trinity Choir and St. Ferdinand Shrine Choir. He was a previous member of the St. Louis Cathedral Archdiocesan Choir when they performed at the Vatican. Matt was a Fourth Degree Knight in the St. Ann Council of The Knights of Columbus. He also loved being a jolly Santa Claus for many children over 30 years.

A private family service will be held on Sept 26, 10 AM, at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Overland, MO. Matt will be interred at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery on Gravois Road immediately after the church service.
A memorial Mass for extended family and friends to celebrate his life will be scheduled sometime after the risk of Covid-19 has subsided.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

or Checks made payable to: the Knights of Columbus St. Ann Council #3977, Mailing address: Larry Parent, Financial Secretary, 10824 Cavan Drive, St. Ann, MO 63074


  1. Laura Mueller-Ewald on September 5, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Matt always made me laugh and watched out for me as a big brother whenever my sister and brother in law would come in town and they would get together. We both loved singing and would talk about our favorite songs. I lost touch once my kids got older and life got busy, but I will always remember his warmth and fun personality. God’s blessings and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  2. Sally Tayloe on September 9, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Matt, was a true friend and the best employee ever. Our days at Data Air Courier were filled with laughs and curses. I always felt like he was the son I never had. He was always there to comfort me in my sorrows. His loss will leave a big void in everyone who knew him. My deepest sympathy to Jane, Mike, Tim, Amy, and Greg. Plus all of his nieces and nephews, who he adored. Rest in Peace “Big Guy”. Sally Tayloe

  3. Elaine Storm on September 9, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    You will be very missed, my sweet cousin! You touched so many lives in such a positive way! Rest In Peace and say hello to the folks up in heaven when you get there!

  4. Kenny Livengood on September 11, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Matt was a truly kind person, with a wonderful sense of humor, a quick wit, and a generous heart. He was a man of great faith whose life will always be an example for me. I’ll always remember his positive attitude and how he loved to help other people. He went with our team on a mission trip to Honduras to help build a house for a family that really needed it, and to help renovate their local church. That was the kind of man he was. I’m sure there was a lot of rejoicing in Heaven when he arrived.

  5. Michelle ( James) Yancy on October 7, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Just found out today. My family knew the Leake family from way back in the St Kevin days.
    Matt was friends with my brothers Steve and Mark. Great guy. My condolences to the entire Leake family. Rest in Heaven Matt.????✝️
    Michelle (James) Yancy

  6. Gary Williams on November 8, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Good bye my old friend, I’ll miss our marathon phone calls, and games of Pente. Sorry we couldn’t get together more. Your one of my oldest friends. you’ll be missed.

  7. Joe Hall on December 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Words cannot express how sad the news of the loss of Matt was. For someone who loved life, loved others, laughed, and made other laugh with him…the thought of him no longer being with us is difficult. I knew Matt for years. We hung out a lot when we were younger. And although there were times when I didn’t talk to him much, I still considered him a good friend. No one could have asked for a better friend than Matt.
    He had his opinions, and he made them known. I saw that as a good quality, even if you may have disagreed with him.
    He saw things from the funny side, and helped you see that. That was another good quality.
    He had issues. (Physical, health, cancer) But he never let that stop him.
    He never married, but even when he first contracted cancer a few years ago, he never wanted to abandon that thought of the possibility. When the thought of not being able to have children became a reality, he was saddened by that.
    He never made a lot of money. But was always generous with what he had.
    He was a devout Roman Catholic. He truly believed in God, and served.
    He was a dedicated worker, even when his employers wouldn’t treat him well. (And many of his stories involved working)
    He was a devoted family member. He loved his family very much.
    He touched many lives, and made a lasting positive effect on them.
    He will be sorely missed. I loved my times with him. I can only wish now that I could have spent more time with him, talked with him some more, laughed with him some more.
    The memories I do have with him I will treasure.
    My sympathy and prayers for the family.

  8. Pam McAtee on September 8, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    I’ll never forget how kind, genuinely sweet and funny Matt was. It’s been a year, but I just found out. I know he is waiting in Heaven for the rest of us. My sincerest prayers to his family and friends. He was truly one of the “good” ones❤
    Beautiful memorial video

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