SOUTHAMPTON-Leonhard “Leo” Demelbauer 75 of Southampton. It is with profound sadness that his family announces his unexpected passing on Monday July 23rd. Leo was born on August 3, 1942 in Salzburg, Austria. Raised and educated in Austria, he came to the United States in 1960 and attained citizenship in 1968. Leo was trained as a radio technician in Austria and received his degree in electrical engineering from Holyoke Community College. He also served 7 years in the Air National Guard. Leo was a man of many interests and passions, one of which was skiing. He was a fully certified instructor and long-time member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. In 1963 Leo was hired by Mt. Tom Ski Area to teach skiing. Leo taught there until its closing in 1997. He continued instructing at various ski areas in Massachusetts and Vermont. In 1980, Leo and his wife Mary-Claire began their international ski tour business, Adventures on Skis. Together they escorted groups to Europe, South America, Egypt and the South Pacific. One of the highlights of his professional ski life was Heli-skiing in the Himalayan Mountains with the view of Mt. Everest before him. At the time of his death he was making plans to ski again in Austria, Switzerland and the new destination of Poland. In addition to his love of skiing, Leo was a licensed pilot, sailor, golfer, bicyclist, and recently started riding horses. As a lifelong learner, Leo loved reading always looking to increase his knowledge. Recently he began studying Spanish adding to the three languages he already spoke. He practiced Reiki and healing and was a member of the Healing Hands of Light Church in Chicopee. His philanthropy was based on loving kindness. In the last dozen years he invested his time, financial and emotional support to five children and their families in Guatemala through the charity based organization Unbound. Leo was the beloved son of the late Adelheid (Demelbauer) Golinski. He was predeceased by his father Leonhard Kurz, step-father Anthony Golinski, wife Mary-Claire (Renaud) Demelbauer, brother Carl Golinski and niece Holly Golinski. Leo will be dearly missed by his sisters Elisabeth Skelly of Ludlow, Antonia Golinski-Foisy and husband Philip of Ludlow, his brother Patrick Golinski and wife Michelle of Palm City, FL, his sister-in-law Denise Golinski of Ludlow, his Aunt Theresia Hofer of Golling, Austria, his companion Cynthia Walsh of Southampton, his nieces, nephews, cousins, members of his family in Austria and Switzerland, and many friends from around the world. Leo lived his life with “open eyes, open mind, open heart.” His wish for all was “Remember me for the good times we enjoyed together, forget the less pleasant ones, and forgive my shortcomings. Enjoy and live life everyday as if it were going to be your last.” At the request of Leo, he will be cremated with no public services planned. A memorial celebration will be held at the convenience of his family. Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 9045 Springfield, MA 01102 or Food Bank of Western Mass, P.O. Box 160, Hatfield, MA 01038.
Springfield Rescue Mission
P.O. Box 9045, Springfield MA 01102