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Former print shop owner Joe Leaman passes away

October 14, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Joe Leaman, who operated Leaman's Printing on Pine Island with his wife, Nellie, for 16 years, passed away Sept. 29.

Both Joe and Nellie are from small towns in Michigan.

"We didn't know each other in Michigan but we had friends in common," Nellie said. "Both of us were living here in Southwest Florida when we met in 1984. It's kind of a funny story.

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Nellie and Joe Leaman


"Joe was always helping people," Nellie continued. "One day he was walking down the street when he spotted a young woman trying to move a chair into a store. Joe stopped to help her and must have made an impression because when he was walking away, the young woman (a girlfriend of mine) stopped him she thought he would be perfect for me. She gave him my phone number, he called a few days later, and we scheduled a time for him to come by for what amounted to a blind date. He arrived right on time and the minute I opened the door, I fell in love."

The two were married a year later and opened Leaman's Printing in 1985 in the building where the gun shop is today.

"Joe was always very busy," Nellie said. "We operated the print shop full-time while he also wrote for the Pine Island Eagle - the column was called 'Christian Corner.' Joe also put on shows at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal and the Moose Lodge. He lived for a while in Nashville and knew lots of country stars. He invited Little Jimmie Dickens to come perform at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal church in the 1980s.

"We spent 16 years on the island operating the print shop," she said. "Joe enjoyed playing golf at Alden Pines and he was involved with the Kiwanis, American Legion, VFW and the Moose.

"When we ran the print shop. it was a 'mom and pop' operation and we were together 24 hours a day. He was my soulmate."

Joe was born June 14, 1936. He served 10 years in the U.S. Marines (1957-1967) and did three tours in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Nellie; three daughters; one son; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.



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