Pascal 'Sax' Leader Dies at 25

East Hampton High School graduate was an artist living in New York City.

Pascal 'Sax' Leader Credit: Courtesy of the Leader Family
Pascal 'Sax' Leader Credit: Courtesy of the Leader Family
The following obituary was submitted on behalf of the Leader family and edited for style.

After years of battling addictions, Pascal Leader — known to everyone as Sax— passed away in his New York City apartment on Saturday afternoon.

Born in Manhattan on March 8, 1988, Leader lived on the East End since he was 3 years old. He lived for a time in England with his parents Graham D. Leader and Jacqui Sedlar Leader before the family settled in East Hampton.

He attended the Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton and graduated from East Hampton High School in 2006.

After graduation, Sax attended National Outdoor Leadership School in Baja, Mexico, and then went to Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Calif. He also attended NYC’s School of Visual Arts and various other educational pursuits including acting school.

A gifted artist, his surfer/skater themes adorned t-shirts from his “On Point” company.

In addition to his parents, Leader is survived by his sister, Kira Leader, of Southampton, her fiancé, Trevor Lysogorski, and their children, Torin and Nash. Peter Creegan, his stepfather, and Jasper Creegan, his stepbrother, also mourn his death.

Kira Leader said her brother loved being an uncle. "When Sax was with Torin he had real happiness in his eyes. He was in awe of watching Torin change and transform. Sax got a kick out of the crazy 'boy' things that made Torin so happy and got an equally big kick our of watching Nash and the goofy things babies do," she said. "Sax was so good at mimicking those goofy baby babbles right back! Sax would have wanted a child of his own, and I’m so grateful that God gave him time with mine (for their sake and his).”

He lived with long-time girlfriend Abigail Gawronski, who also survives.

An open viewing will be held at the Springs Community Church on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of his life at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Tony Larson will preside. Leaders ashes will be spread at his favorite surf spots.

The Leader family requests that donations be made FleaHab Sober Living Environment in Capitola, Calif.

Please join East Hampton Patch in offering our condolences to the Leader family. Share your memories of Sax Leader in the comments below.
Andrea Gurvitz December 02, 2013 at 02:00 PM
This is heartbreaking. To Jacqui and the family, I have no words except that I feel your pain in all my being. With love, Andrea
Mary Grady December 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Jacqui, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much he meant to you and how hard you tried to make everything alright for him. God bless you. My prayers to you, Kira and family.
Coleen Curtin December 02, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Deeply saddened to hear.
jackie lowey December 02, 2013 at 05:26 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jacqui. I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss.
Mary Spitzer December 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM
To Jacqui, Kira, Graham and the extended family, we are heartbroken and send you our love. We have such fond memories of adorable Sax, his infectious smile and sweetness. We have sent a donation to Fleahab in his memory. Philip, Anne-Lise, Talia, Andrew and I will always remember him and the good times we all had together.
Dr. Gerry Curatola December 02, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Jacqui, Graham, Kira and family, We are all so deeply saddened by this terrible loss. Knowing Sax for nearly 20 years from Hampton Day School times seems so unreal that a bright light has departed from this earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fondly, The Curatola Family (Gerry, Georgia, Gia, Grant and Grace)
April Gornik December 03, 2013 at 10:05 AM
To Jacqui, Graham and your extended family, Eric & I send our sincerest condolences. What a terrible loss for you. Much love.
Judy McDowell December 03, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Dear Jacqui, Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Jennifer and Sax were good friends, she is heartbroken, as we all are, words can not express the sadness we feel for you during this painful time. Sax is at Peace now and memories, in time, will bring peace to you. We hold you in our Hearts
Karin Strong December 03, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Dear Jacqui, Kira, Peter and the whole family, we are so sorry to hear about Sax. We send our love and thoughts to you and offer our condolences. We feel a deep sorrow for your loss. Warmest hugs and love, Karin, Jim, and Christopher
Pamela Schenck December 03, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Dear Jacqui, Kira and family. We were deeply saddened to learn of The passing of Sax. Although we did not know Sax, we can only imagine what a great artist he must have been. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our hope is that all the memories you hold so dear will help you through this very difficult time. Hugs, Pam, Fritz, Craig and Courtney Schenck
ruth a. greenbaum December 03, 2013 at 04:04 PM
dear Jacqui and family, no words can describe the sorrow i am feeling since the loss of your child.my heart is truly broken. God love you and Sax. my sincere love and prayers, Ruth Greenbaum
Ann Haagenson December 04, 2013 at 04:21 PM
It is with devastating sorrow that I learned of this news. To Graham, Jacqui, Kira, Janie, and family, my deepest sympathy for you all at this time. Sax was such a loving, sweet boy, and I will treasure the years of memories that I am grateful to have had. I will be donating to Fleahab in the hopes that help can be given. With sadness, and love, Ann
Rivalyn Zweig December 07, 2013 at 07:11 AM
to Jacqui, Kira, Graham & family, May your warm memories of Sax's vivacity ease the chill of this heartbreak. Prayers of peace to you all. Love, Rivalyn


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