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Phillip L. Leroux, 71, of Ft. Covington, died unexpectedly Saturday, February, 23, 2013.

Born in Malone on August 3, 1941, he was the son of the late Leo and Madeline Brockway Leroux. He was a 1958 graduate of Salmon River Central School in Ft. Covington and later from the Central City Business Institute in Syracuse. He was united in marriage to the former Odelia “Dolly” Muehl in St. Augustine’s Church in N. Bangor on November 9, 1963 by Fr. Weir.

Phil began his career working for New York State as a tax auditor from 1964 to 1974. In 1974 he purchased Howard Tuper’s fuel oil business in Ft. Covington, MacDonald’s in Moira in 1979, and Doug’s ARCO in Moira in 1981. In 1986, he opened his first Quick Stop in Ft. Covington, his Moira store in 1989, the B.W. Quick Stop in Brasher-Winthrop in 1990, and the St. Regis Falls Quick Stop in 1997. Phil was owner and president of Leroux Oil, Inc. at the time of his passing.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ft. Covington and a member of the Parish Council. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Malone Lodge of Elks, the Malone Golf and Country Club, the Highland Golf Club, and the Weller Mountain Hunting Club. He was currently treasurer of the Ft. Covington Fire Dept., and was a past president. He was twice elected Supervisor of the Town of Ft. Covington and served as Franklin County Legislator for District #1 from 1988 to 1991. He was a member of the Alice Hyde Hospital Board of Directors for many years and was benefactor of the Martin J. Leroux Health Center in Ft. Covington, named in memory of his beloved son, Marty. Phil will long be remembered for his philanthropy. Phil was an avid hunter, fisherman, snowmobiler, and golfer. He especially enjoyed his hunting trips to Canada and the West for moose, elk and caribou with his hunting buddies.

Besides his wife, Dolly, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Jamie Leroux of Moira; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Phillis and Kent Walrath of Ft. Covington, Patricia and Edward Krajewski of Cohoes, N.Y., and Paula Fleming of Thornton, Colo.; thirteen grandchildren, Stephen, Austin, Becca, Madeline, Jailey, and Zoey Leroux, Connor and Krista Walrath, Elizabeth, Ross, and Leah Fleming, and Brady and Reese Krajewski; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Leroux of Ft. Covington; six brothers and four sisters-in-law, Harold and Anita Leroux of Evans Mills, Gerard Leroux of Ft. Covington, John Leroux of Rooseveltown, Albert and Karen Leroux of Colchester, Vt., Paul and Lynn Leroux of Plattsburgh, and Lucien and Laurie Leroux of Ft. Covington; six sisters and their husbands, Sonja and Ian Mitchell, Susan and Glenn Black, Joan and Frank Stark, and Faylene and Donald Chapman, all of Ft. Covington, Marybeth and David Stark of Westville, and Denise and Gerald Oakes of Ft. Covington. Also surviving are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Martin “Marty” Leroux on May 22, 2011, and by a brother William Leroux in 1961.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7:30 to 9 p.m., and on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church in Ft. Covington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, with the Rev. Martin Cline, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in the new parish cemetery in the spring.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church in Ft. Covington, to the Ft. Covington Fire and Rescue Squad, or to the Alice Hyde Medical Center. Arrangements are through the Cappiello-McKenzie and Cosgrove Funeral Home of Ft. Covington.

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