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One of the last members of the Dory Fishing Fleet mourned in Newport Beach

February 12, 2011 | 11:34 am

The ashes of one of the last four members of the Dory Fishing Fleet will be scattered at sea, where he toiled for decades to haul in the early-morning catch.

Fleet veteran Frank Leal, the son of a Portuguese fisherman, died of lung cancer at his Costa Mesa home Feb. 1. He was 64.

"He wanted to be put on his favorite fishing spot," his widow, Leslie Leal, said.

Frank Leal's life will be celebrated with a memorial service at the Newport Pier at 11 a.m. Sunday. After the service, his ashes will be spread on the water off Newport Harbor. Born in Costa Mesa on April 19, 1946, Leal grew up in the Newport-Mesa area. He attended Newport Elementary and Ensign Middle schools, but dropped out when he was 13 to work for his father's business.

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-- Joanna Clay, Times Community News

Photo: Frank Leal and his wife, Leslie, renew their wedding vows on Nov. 27. Frank Leal, a veteran Dory Fleet fisherman, died Feb. 1.