PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Kenneth Almond McLain Leeman, also of Orrs Island, died Feb. 3, 2022. He was born April 27, 1933, in Belfast, the son of Kermit R. Leeman and Waneta D. (Roberts) Leeman.

Ken graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast, class of 1952, where he enjoyed playing sports and music. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Husson College.  Ken was proud to have served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard, where he was chief master sergeant.  Ken also served 23 years as an IRS agent.

Ken was a devoted father and grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Grace Anna (Philbrick) Leeman, and a sister, Donna J. (Leeman) Ernest. Ken is survived by three daughters, Karin A. and her husband, Edwin Dunlap Jr.; Mary A. Fortier of Concord, N.H.; and Ann M. and her husband, Darrel White, of Alco, Ark., and two grand-dogs; four grandchildren, Andrew A. Fortier, Joshua Fortier, Daniel M. Dunlap, Elizabeth A. Dunlap; sister Nancy A. Whiteley of Northport; and brother Dr. Bernard Eversage and wife Debbie of Northport.

Ken was a Master Mason, Lynde Lodge 174, Hermon, and a member of the Orr’s Bailey Island Yacht Club and the Sarasota Jazz Society. He enjoyed playing football, skiing, scuba diving, sailing, gardening — especially his clam garden, as he called it, behind his home at Long Cove — music and genealogy.  Ken played his clarinet and read his book of poems while sailing with his good friends. Ken enjoyed playing saxophone and clarinet in dance bands and passed his love of music to his children and grandchildren.

Ken enjoyed poetry by Robinson, Sanburg, Millay, Dickinson, Markham, Whitman, Teasdale, Longfellow and hoped to live up to Rudyard Kipling’s “If.”

Ken’s greatest love was for family and his special friends, who made his life great and filled him with special and unforgettable memories.  Ken took pride in family and was proud of his 40-year federal service to his country. “Had a good life and thankful I was able to help a few people along the way and serve my country.”


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