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December 04, 2013

Pascal Sax Leader, 25



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

Sax lived on the East End since the age of three, but was born in Manhattan to Graham D. Leader and Jacqui Sedlar Leader, both of whom survive him, and lived for a time in England before the family settled in East Hampton. He was born on March 8, 1988, attended Hampton Day School, 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.

Sax was an incredible artist, and his surfer/skater themes adorned t-shirts from his "On Point" company.

Sax is also survived by his sister, Kira Leader of Southampton, her fiancé, Trevor Lysogorski, and their children, Torin and Nash.

"Sax had tremendous respect for my boys and was so proud to be an uncle," Kira Leader recalled. "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 out of watching Nash and the goofy things babies do." Peter Creegan said "I loved him like he was my own son."

He lived with long-time girlfriend Abigail Gawronski, who also survives. Peter Creegan, his stepfather, and Jasper Creegan, his stepbrother, also mourn his death. Abby, his girlfriend, said "He was my person, and I loved him so much."

A celebration of his life with an open viewing will be held Saturday at the Springs Community Church with Tony Larson presiding. The viewing is at 1 PM, the celebration of Sax's life begins at 2:30 PM, with cremation following. Sax's ashes will be spread at his favorite surf spots, and the family requests that donations be made to FleaHab Sober Living Environment in Capitola, California.

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