Mr. Spencer Leak, Jr., Vice President, Leak
& Sons Funeral Homes, Chicago and Country Club Hills, Illinois
April 30, 2012
Spencer Leak, Jr. is a third generation funeral director and head of
a family business with a tradition of community service spanning more
than half a century. Mr. Leak and Leak & Sons Funeral Homes have
collaborated with the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois for many
“We have excellent contacts with the AGA. We appreciate the level
of co-operation that allows us to save time. For a firm our size, time
and storage space are critical elements. The AGA allows us to work efficiently.
We want to serve every family, even if they want to donate to the AGA.”
Mr. Leak pointed out that some funeral directors see the AGA as a competitor.
“I can understand how they would see AGA as competition. The costs
of the removal and the filing of paperwork require time that some funeral
directors see as uncompensated. But repeat business is a factor for
us. The family I help with a donation to the AGA might be a repeat customer.
So we try to get that business.”
Mr. Leak discussed the financial considerations in donation.
“Public assistance, when the state has the funds, provides very
little toward the cost of a funeral. The state doesn’t cover much
of anything. And we must provide a funeral and a casket for the small
amount the state provides.” In Mr. Leak’s view, the AGA
and funeral directors could work together to benefit those with limited
To encourage more donations Mr. Leak says that people have to be better
informed. “People are not aware of what takes place in an AGA
donation. The AGA has been helpful in making donation as easy as possible
because the body has to get there quickly. Sometimes the process of
donation is delayed because of needing to get a doctor’s signature.
The AGA has been willing to work with us.”
Mr. Leak’s commitment to serve families and to advance whole
body donation has made him a leader in his industry and in his community.