LeRoy, the son of the late Lester Mott and Eula Mott Allison, was always a dedicated family man. The eldest of 11 children, he chose to delay his formal high school education to help his mother care and provide for his younger siblings. He helped his single parent mother discipline and raise his siblings and then joined the military to help support them. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Vietnam War. He met Grace Alfreda Jones during a dry-cleaners visit in 1960 and, after a brief courtship, they were married on November 1, 1960. They had five daughters, one son, and raised his youngest sister’s only child as a second son.
Mr. Mott was a staunch believer in education and creating your own opportunities. A musician at heart, playing the keyboards, he longed to be in a band and earn a living that way but reality was as the provider and protector of his family, he’d work traditional jobs to support his family and placed his dreams aside to remain focused. He later earned his high school diploma and continued his education. He never stopped educating himself. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit, took courses at Drexel University in Philadelphia and took countless business development courses acquiring an abundance of certifications. He was a self-taught man on many levels and became fluent in numerous foreign languages. He worked for the U.S. Postal service in Detroit immediately after his military service, then went into mainstream business. A natural leader, he was head of the Teamsters union in Detroit and spent years managing at Allied Chemical - Detroit and Rolling Hills Hospital - Philadelphia. He Presided over the PTA at his children’s school in Detroit, and as an entrepreneur, started and successfully ran his own property management company (Shuntmasters, Inc.) from 1987. Often misunderstood but forever committed to family, LeRoy Mott was a man of intense character, heartfelt convictions and he lived uncompromised.
Of all that he had accomplished in education, business and community, his pride and joy was all that he had consummated as a family-man. He made a home for his family that was happy, functional, safe and comfortable. His children were well disciplined and allowed to grow as individuals and play as children, building bonds of trust, love and mutual respect for one another that has thus far stood the test-of-time and countless tribulations. He lived a full life. His home-going is a celebration as before his departure he’d raised kids and walked and talked with grandkids, he’d given daughters away at weddings, he’d been active in his community, productive on his jobs, served his country, present at family functions, attended graduations, awards, recital, ball games and various other events significant in the lives and achievements of his children (and this is just a synopsis, there is much more to his life and living than could ever be summed up here). His unwaivered commitment to his family is his legacy.
Preceding him in death was his brothers, Irving, Hilliard, LJ, James, Bobby; and sisters LouAnna and Catherine.
He leaves to cherish, daughters, Tamara Lessane (Kevelm) of Shannon, N.C., Deidre Mott Singleton, Sonya Edwards (Dwayne), Angela Raymond (Fritzgerald) all of Philadelphia, Juanda Raymond of Chester, Va.; son Quelory Mott (Tracey) of Swedesboro N.J.; and Christopher Mott of Philadelphia (the son of his sister the late Catherine Mott that he and Grace raised). Also, mourning his passing, daughter Tanya Jules (Roderick) of Houma; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren that are too numerous to mention.
Eternally Mott…Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…We Love You Dad!!!