Leo Cardillo bio

Leo was a man of many interests who lived life to the fullest. Never content to simply indulge his passions for his own enjoyment, he always sought to give back to every endeavor. His voluntary pursuits were many. Whether coaching soccer long after his children were grown, volunteering as treasurer of his investment club, his model airplane flying club and the Christmas Cove Improvement Association in ME, serving on the Board or Supervisory Committee of two credit unions, or being President of the Northern Virginia Bridge Association, Leo was always involved and always a champion of the members. He also enjoyed enduring friendships with high school friends, MIT fraternity brothers, and those he met during his 32 year career with the CIA.

Thanks to all of you who have followed his journey as he dealt with the most difficult challenge he ever encountered: glioblastoma multiforme. He fought his brain cancer with stubborn optimism, viewing cancer as the "greatest blessing of his life," and embracing the opportunity to help defeat this deadly disease and benefit those who would follow him. In this regard, he served on a panel at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, lobbied legislators on Capital Hill for brain cancer research, and participated in the Race for Hope in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Ever fearless, in October 2018 he even rappelled down a 20-story building in Crystal City to raise awareness of brain cancer.

His family will be forever grateful for being able to share adventures with him on our tours in Ethiopia, Greece, and Liberia and travels in many other countries. He was the center of our universe, and we will always miss our incomparable, Mr. Wonderful--Leo, the Man, the Myth, the Legend.

Leo will be buried in Hyde Park NY after a family funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the American Brain Tumor Association www.abta.org or the National Brain Tumor Society www.nbts.org. In a few months we will host a Celebration of Life in Northern Virginia to honor this remarkable man.