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Leon West

Leon West

September 12, 1945 - August 21, 2020
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Obituary

Leon Richard West "Chef" suddenly passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020. He was born in Cambridge Massachusetts to the late Harold West and Dorothy Rose. Chef West was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Joyce Ann Newson West. Beloved father of Linda Perreira, Jessie Perreira, Sabrina Newson King, (Craig L. King), Robert L. DeRosa, (Joyce DeRosa), Sherry L. West, Louise B. West, Leona R. West Garner, (Dorian Garner) and the late Sonya Marie West. Beloved brother of William West (Christine), Jerome West (Yvonne), Carolyn Pinckney (Robert), Charles West, the late Constance Smith (Joseph), Patricia Merritt (Willoiam) and Harold West, Jr. (Judith). Leon studied culinary arts at Massachusetts Vocational and Technical Programs where he obtained his culinary arts degree in 1978 and started his career working for the Sheraton Hotel and Headstart food service programs in Cambridge, Mass. Shortly after, He became a chef for the Aramark Corporation where he worked in Boston, Massachusetts and Atlantic City, New Jersey. In a short five years, the company offered Mr. West the position to work in New Orleans during the Worlds Fair, thus making him the first executive chef of the New Orleans Convention Center. Chef Leon held that position for twenty-five years. As Chef Leon reinvented his career, he created a line of seasoning named Chef Leon West Spices with Chef Leon West. He later became a consultant and the Executive Chef for Messina's on the Lakefront. A Funeral Service honoring the life of Mr. Leon West "Chef" will be held at the church he loved, New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 Rev. John Raphael Jr. Way, New Orleans LA 70113 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10 AM. Repass following. Visitation 9 AM IN THE CHURCH. As mandated by the State of Louisiana due to the Covid 19 pandemic, attendance is limited. Everyone is required to adhere to all restrictions. You must wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
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  • Visitation

    September 1, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    September 1, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    New Hope Baptist Church
    Address
    1807 Rev. John Raphael, Jr. Way
    NEW ORLEANS, LA
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  • Service

    September 1, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    September 1, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    New Hope Baptist Church
    Address
    1807 Rev. John Raphael, Jr. Way
    NEW ORLEANS, LA
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Quinita Washington

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May the lord continues to give the family strength my prayers are with you. Chef was the one who started my path of Culinary I work with chef at Covention center he will truly be missed
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