Phoenix Leary Obituary (2001 – 2022) – Cadott, WI

Phoenix Orion Leary
2001-2022
Phoenix Orion Leary passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on April 27, 2022, a week before his 21st birthday. He was looking forward to his upcoming birthday, mountain bike races, fishing with his brother, and plans for life after college.
Phoenix Orion, “Immortal Son of Light,” was born on May 3, 2001 in Eau Claire, WI. He lived in both Holcombe, WI and Carbondale, CO. He had an adventurous fun-loving spirit, boundless energy and infinite curiosity. He loved being outdoors, exploring on his bike and fishing with his brother. As an artist, he enjoyed creating animal drawings, nature photos and fishing videos.
Phoenix was always recognized as a strong student with an intelligent mind. He graduated as a salutatorian from eAchieve Academy in 2018 and currently held a 3.6 GPA as a junior at UW-Eau Claire. He had completed enough credits to be awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies posthumously at the fall graduation ceremony in December 2022.
As a young adult, Phoenix made his mark as an accomplished cyclist. He trained with dedication, often riding 30-50 miles before his morning classes. In addition to regional races, Phoenix enjoyed connecting with riders around the world on Strava and Zwift, reaching the highest level of achievements on both, including 29,518 miles and hundreds of KOMs on Strava. He found purpose in performance and lived by his philosophy, “I’ll drive myself to the limits just to see who I am.” The CORBA mountain bike community is planning for a memorial bench at the Hickory Ridge Trail System where Phoenix enjoyed many years of riding.
Phoenix loved his family more than anything, reaching out to connect at least once a day. He enjoyed an especially close relationship with his grandpa, Jim Leary, whom he referred to as “my best friend.” Phoenix is ​​survived by his parents, Mark and Mary Leary; his older brother Sage; his grandparents, Jim Leary, John and Sheila Comerford; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in passing by his grandmother, Joan Leary. At a family gathering later this summer, Phoenix will be placed at St. Francis Cemetery, Holcombe, WI, next to his Leary grandparents and Gourdoux great-grandparents.
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Published by Legacy on Jun. 22, 2022.

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