A Tribute to a Remarkable Life

Leona Comer-Hill

Leona Comer-Hill was more than just a Vice President and co-owner of Comer Construction; she was a vibrant soul whose presence illuminated the lives of those around her. A graduate of North Harford High School in 1980, she joined Comer Construction in October 1986. She quickly became an integral part of the company working her way up from Equipment & Fleet Manager before becoming Vice President and a co-owner in 1998. 

Her life was a harmonious blend of hard work, unwavering dedication, and joyous moments filled with laughter. Leona had a unique ability to brighten any room with her infectious humor, often the result of her own witty antics.

Leona’s impact on Comer Construction and the lives she touched is indelible. Her approach to life and work has left an enduring mark, guiding the company’s path forward. As we bid farewell to a beloved sister, friend, and leader, we cherish the memories and lessons she imparted. Leona’s legacy will continue to inspire and resonate within the hearts of all who knew her.

Leona Comer
Leana Comer standing in a large bulldozer
Hard hat illustration
Illustration of a bulldozer and excavator doing site construction work.

Remembered for her Spirit & Sense of Humor

From Her Construction Family

Leona had a hard tuff outer shell but was very soft inside.  She was very hard to get to know or get close to and was a very private person, that did not want any attention to her. 

Linda Sue “Susie” Comer

Owner/President/Treasurer, Comer Construction

Leona was definitely all-company and its employees. She’d give them the shirt off her back even though she was very thrifty. She knew all of the employees’ spouses and their kids’ names, which goes a long way when you’re working for a family-owned company.

Paul Swank

VP of Operations, Comer Construction

Leona was an awesome aunt and a great boss. One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was spend the night at her house and she always made me drink milk for dinner. I have so many wonderful memories that I will hold dear to my heart forever.  

Dorothy J. Kuzora

Vice President/Corporate Secretary, Comer Construction

It is really difficult to describe Leona in just a few words but I would say that she was always welcoming of me. What you saw is what you got with Leona. She told you how it was but it always came from a good heart. She was adventurous and was always down for a good time. She was a lot of fun to be around with her quick wit and sassy comebacks.

Sara Oberlander

Payroll Administrator, Comer Construction

Leona, An adept creator of monikers.  In other words a legend at making up nicknames – Timmy Tot

Tim Kaptein

Safety Director, Comer Construction

Leona had a tough side but would laugh with us and she enjoyed a funny story.

Charles Petr

Controller, Comer Construction

Leona was one of the best persons you’d ever want to meet. She’d do anything for anybody. You couldn’t find a better friend.

Snowy Moran

Moran’s Bus Service, and a longtime friend

A hard tuff outer shell but was very soft inside.

Things She Loved

Leona riding a motorcycle

Finding Adventure

She was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast who owned four motorcycles, a fact that spoke volumes about her adventurous spirit. 

Leona also found joy and peace in camping, a passion she shared with her family and friends, including her four grandchildren.

Leona's Shock Face

A Good Laugh

Whether it was making silly faces, like the shock face above, or coming up with a new nickname, Leona loved to have fun. She would often get tickled by something and laugh hysterically, unable to stop.

Part of her silly nature included giving people nicknames and getting several in return. Some of her more notable monikers include: Broomhilda, Sarge In Charge, Iron Pants, Pitbull, Ball Buster, Witch, Snow Bitch, Grinch (around the holidays), Leola.

Leona and family listening to music.

Swaying to the Melody

Leona’s music tastes were eclectic. She followed in her father’s footsteps as an avid Bluegrass and Gospel music fan. Her youth was marked by a fervent appreciation for Classic Rock icons like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Firefall, Boston, and Kansas. In the genre of Country, she held a special affinity for the melodies of Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt.

Leona was definitely all-company and its employees.

Leona and Susie with Comer Hydrovac Truck

Everything she did, she did with a handshake. Her word was everything.

Leona and Susie with Comer Hydrovac Truck
Comer Leadership Team<br />
Comer Family

She fought for what was right, and went full-throttle.

Leona and Family
Leona and Family Camping
Leona and other family members standing on a Comer Construction excavator
Susie Comer and Leona Hill
Susie and Leona with Cornhole Boards
Leona at the NAHB Awards

She’d give them the shirt off her back.

Leona and Susie working a tradeshow
Leona and Family
Leona Comer

In loving memory of Leona Comer, a spirited soul whose laughter and strength will forever echo in our memories.

August 23, 1962 – July 27, 2023

Make a Donation in Leona’s Honor

Leona and Comer Construction have supported many local organizations, businesses and nonprofits, primarily in Harford County.  The following organizations were particularly meaningful to Leona. 

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