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Reynold Anthony Leiva

Reynold Anthony Leiva

Reynold Anthony Leiva, 90, passed away August 24, 2017, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 5, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Notre Dame Academy, St. Thomas the Apostle, and Mt. Carmel High School. Reynold served his country honorably and proudly in the United States Marine Corps in WWII. He was an active member of Scottish Rite and the Shriners AAD Temple. Reynold was a "gentleman" in the true sense of the word. He was admired by everyone who knew him for his kindness, loyalty, and devotion to family and friends. A master violinist, Reynold played with his heart and soul beginning at the age of 9 years. He studied the violin with George Perlman and Hans Lange and played with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He played commercial orchestra for many well-known people and played "on the road" gigs for Bob Hope, Rudy Valee, Burl Ives and others in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Reynold received his Bachelor's degree from the University of MN, Duluth and Master's degree from the University of WI, Superior. He began his teaching career as instrumental music teacher, orchestra director, and coordinator of instrumental music in Duluth. His junior high orchestra at Washington Junior High in the 1950s was well known throughout the state as the best junior high orchestra anywhere - he was even accused of having "ringers", of which there was not a one; only dedicated young students and an extremely talented director. Reynold retired from I.S.D. 709, Duluth in 1985. He continued playing with the Duluth-Superior Symphony, where he was assistant concertmaster for many years. His love for playing did not end with retirement: a group called "The Strollers" was created with two great friends. They enjoyed playing together for many years at different venues such as Telemark Lodge, the Radisson (Top of the Harbor), Pickwick, weddings, and parties. They were enjoyed by all who heard them. His final retirement from music was in 2012, but the sound of his violin playing will be forever etched in our hearts. When not playing, Reynold loved spending his summers at the family cabin on Rose Lake with family and friends. Reynold is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Vicki Woodward Leiva; stepchildren, Jason (Brenda) Goldfine and Hana Rae (David) Kapsch; step-grandsons, Max Harvey and Jordan Goldfine, who he loved dearly; step-nieces and nephews, Joan (Guy) Redwing, Janis (Dan) Walter, David (Susan Pelayo) Woodward, and Daniel (Elise) Woodward; cousin, Richard (Susan) Jordahl; and special friends, Jack and Carol Ann Melby. He is also survived by his sister, Augusta Snyder, whom he adored; niece, Shelly Snyder; and cousins, Dr. Lee Gatewood, Grace (Tom) Seputis, and Antoinette Pellitteri. He will be missed by many, many friends and his loyal little Westie, Karma. He will miss you all!

As requested by Reynold, a private family remembrance and burial at Park Hill Cemetery will be held at a later date. Please share online condolences at