Mr. Leroy Phenn of New York beloved husband of Georgia Scott Phinn; father of three daughters: Brindea, Teresa Phinn, Cimonique Guorgette and Charisse Jacobs of New York. Leroy departed this life on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Leroy Gustavo Phinn was born on the 4th of July in 1942, in Colon, Panama, to Herbert Phinn and Mavis Morgan Phinn. He was an independent spirit from his early years. He was a proud Panamanian and it showed in his style of dress, jewelry, and sly charm. A self -described "non-conformist", he worked hard, played harder, and was never content with being second best. His motto was, "learn every rule so that you can learn how to get around them".
During the early 1960's, Leroy immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his high school and attended a trade school, where he studied electronics to further his education. Leroy enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War Era. After being honorably discharged from the military, Leroy returned to New York City and subsequently found employment with the NYC Transit Authority; where he worked for over 25 years. Always ambitious, he worked his way up through the ranks and retired as a Yard Master.
Leroy was the life of the party. You could find him at any function on the dance floor, twerking before it was in style. When not showing off his signature dance moves, he enjoyed watching court room TV shows, police dramas, mysteries, and completing puzzle games, usually while enjoying Oreos or another kind of snack.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife and frequently accompanied by his sister and brother-in-law for the escapades. The globetrotting couple would visit every continent except Antarctica. Leroy was also known as "the Mayor of Emery Street" and was a friend to all of his neighbors. He especially loved listening to music and sipping Jack Daniels while hanging out in his "mancave" with the boys.
Leroy had many names: "Death", "Hellroy", "Family Boyfriend" and "Big Spender" to name a few. He was a devoted husband, supportive brother, brother-in-law, playful uncle and cousin, but the title he enjoyed the most was Dad. Leroy proudly took on that role for anybody who needed him.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents: Herbert and Mavis; brothers: Alfred Holder, Daniel Phinn and Victor (Eddie) Phinn; his father and mother-in-law: Edmond and Georgette Scott.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years: Georgia Phinn; daughters: Brinelda Phinn, Charisse Jacobs, Theresa Phinn, and Simonique Phinn; grandchildren: Anthony Phinn, LeFaroll Patterson, and Briona Patterson; great grandchildren: Antonio Phinn and Yahsun Young-Patterson; siblings: Carmen Phinn-Binnom (Cyril Binnon, Sr.), Jorge Phinn and Marcia Phinn; six sister-in-laws: Maggie Lee, Margaret Scott, Mary Scott, Dorothy Dillard, Diane (Horace) Welch–Isaacs, and Sherry (Herbert) Brant; five brother-in-laws: Willie J. Scott, Edward Scott, Calvin W. Scott, Dean Scott, and Thomas Scott; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends with a special mention of his favorite cousin: Aaron Dixon and his grandpets: Star and Gustavo.
Mr. Leroy Phinn visitation was held Friday, December 11, 2020 3:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Carol C. Burnett Funeral Home, 456 South Franklin Street, Hempstead, New York 11550; visitation was Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Union Springs, AL; final tribute graveside service was held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:00 p.m. at the Mason Cemetery, Union Springs, Alabama; with military honors, under the direction of the caring staff of Scott’s Chapel Hill Mortuary, Dothan and Ozark, Alabama “Because We Care”.