Leroy A. Czaskos

Date of Passing:

March 29, 2021

Czaskos, Leroy A., 80, of Highland Avenue, Barrington, died peacefully on March 29, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Lucille (Pogorzelski) Czaskos.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, a son of the late Alfonse and Sylvia (Wojeiechowski) Czaskos, he lived in Barrington for 50 years.

Mr. Czaskos was a graduate of South Division High School Milwaukee, WI Class of 1958 and he graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Technology with an Associates in Applied Science in Telecasting in 1960.

LeRoy worked 42 years in television broadcasting. One of his favorite stories to tell is how in 1969, as a Production Manager at WLWI-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, LeRoy was David Letterman’s boss. Yes, the Late Night Show’s David Letterman.

He worked for WISC-TV, Madison, WI – Director 1960 – 1964, WKOW-TV – Madison, WI – Production Manager 1964 – 1969, WLWI-TV – Indianapolis, IN – Production Manager 1969 – 1970, WPRI-TV – Providence, RI – Producer/Director 1970 – 1981, WSBE-TV Providence, RI – Director of Educational Services 1982 – 2002.

Mr. Czaskos taught communications at Davies Tech School. He worked as producer/director of televised games for the Indianapolis Pacers.

Leroy was a former member of the Lions Club of Warren and Barrington. He was a founding member of the WWP; established in 2004 in Bourne, MA. He enjoyed camping seasonally at Bay View Camp Ground of Bourne, MA.

Besides his wife of sixty one years, he is survived by his daughters, Debora Deese and her husband Jimmy R. Deese of Barrington and Kari Corveno of Rumford; three grandchildren, Jessica Brouillard, Joshua Deese and Jacob Deese and one great-grandaughter, Logan Lucille Brouillard. He was the brother of the late James Czaskos and Donald Allison.

His funeral service and burial will be private. Contributions in Mr. Czaskos’s memory to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904-9826 would be deeply appreciated.

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13 Comments

  1. Leroy Czaskos was a kind man whose caring actions left lasting impressions on two generations of my family. In 1972, when my parents first moved to Barrington (and was I still a twinkle in my mom’s eye), he was the first to greet and welcome them to the neighborhood. Our family continued to keep in touch with Leroy and Lucy to this day.

    Leroy Czaskos gave me one of my most cherished childhood memories. On Veterans day in 1980, Leroy Czaskos gave my father and I a tour of WPRI. We got to sit in the control room during the noon news broadcast. Afterwards, I remember him showing many of the latest effects that they could superimpose on the screen.

    Thank you, Mr. Czaskos. You are in my prayers.

    Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

  2. I met Le Roy circa Jan., 1971 when we both came to WPRI-TV, Providence from our respective TV stations in the Midwest. We were both producer/directors and I was immediately impressed with his knowledge, capability, and the professional manner in which he dealt with projects, daily routine, and people. To this day I am told by many how he always took the time to advise and teach any and everyone who needed help and/or suggestions. He was a great husband and father. I watched Deb and Kari grow from children to fine adults, have their own children, and even one of those children just gave birth to Le Roy’s first granddaughters. Le Roy was a close and dear friend for 50 years and I, along with manty, will miss him so very much. May he rest in peace. May his huge, wonderful family have some solace in knowing what a great man he was and how much he influenced and touched so many lives.

  3. Leroy was a kind man who I learned alot from. I loved having him as my neighbor at BVC. Many hugs to Lucy, Debbie, Jimmy, Jacob, Josh, Kari and all of your family.

  4. Sending prayers and love .
    Mary Silvia

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. He surely will be missed. XoXo

  6. You all have been in my life as far back as I can remember. You will always be family. Leroy was a nice man and I will have fond memories of all of you visiting us in Monona and us visiting you in R.I.
    Love, Lori

  7. So very sorry. Leroy was a great guy. Thinking of you all❤️

  8. Sorry for your loss I enjoyed my conversations with him at the campground always very kind we will miss him ❤️

  9. Thinking of you and the many good memories of times shared. Love and God bless to your beautiful family.

  10. Our family and their family grew up together back in Monona Wisconsin. I knew Leroy all my life even attended my wedding in Las Vegas nine years ago. My condolences to the family he will be missed

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be at Peace

  12. So very sorry for your loss

  13. Leroy was a king and caring man, giving support to a non-profit media program I directed.He was kind to the students of the program mentored, sharing knowledge and technical expertise.Such a likable man will surely be remembered and missed.Sincere condolences and prayers to his beloved family.Rest in peace Leroy and thank you again🌺

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