It is with a heavy heart Everything South City acknowledges the passing of one of our own great civic leaders on Wednesday April 17, 2013. Honorable Leo Padreddii, husband to Phyllis and father of four, had been hospitalized since December due to a head injury sustained on a vacation in Mexico. Complications from this accident kept Padreddii sidelined and hospitalized off and on since that time.
Padreddii was elected as our City Councilman in the 1970’s and served our city as mayor and speared headed the planning and development of Oyster Point Marina. In addition while on our council, Padreddii was instrumental in creating the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the City of South San Francisco and the Harbor District.
Honorable Padreddii had further served our city on the Planning Commission and on our School board for nine years which included two terms as Chairman. Padreddi then went on to serve the San Mateo County Harbor District, and was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2004, 2008 and the past election of 2012. He also served on the San Mateo County Expo Center Board of Directors.
Padreddii, focusing on water transit, worked hard to bring Ferry Service to South San Francisco and as well as to Redwood City in his service as co-chairman of the Joint Harbor District/South San Francisco Water Transit Fact-Finding Panel. Padreddii saw his hard work pay off last June when the South San Francisco Ferry Terminal was dedicated and he was one of the guest speakers during the ribbon cutting ceremony. He was on board the Ferry’s first cruise with a smile.
Further to his credit, Mr. Padreddii’s career also included 32 years of city and state law enforcement experience, including FBI training at the CHP Academy, and alcoholic beverage control investigator. He had been a member in good standing of the San Mateo County Friars, Italian American Citizens Club, and the Elks Club. Leo Court will miss a wonderful neighbor, and our community, a man always at the ready to help.
Leo was a dedicated servant of our community and will be deeply missed by all. To Phyllis and his extended family, our condolences go out to you all.