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Leah H. Cerow Tidd

September 27, 2020

Leah H. Cerow TiddLeah H. Cerow Tidd, 36, formerly of Clayton, joined the heavenly choir on Sunday, September 27, 2020. She is now the fiercest protector and guardian angel to her two children, Kieran "K.K." & Juno, who were her "whole heart." Also surviving are her parents, Albert L. "Audie" and Laura C. Cerow, Clayton; a sister and her husband, Alison H. and Mark Ingalls, Clayton; former husband and forever friend, Bryan A. Tidd, Redwood; and her maternal grandfather, John F. Chambers (Kathy), Canastota, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Waiting for her at the pearly white gate were her grandparents, Hannah Chambers, Joanne Cerow, Gordon Cerow, and her best friend, Carol Clarke.

Leah was born in Watertown on May 11, 1984. She attended Thousand Islands schools and graduated from Wyoming Seminary, Wilkes-Barre, PA. She earned a BA degree in Sociology from SUNY Cortland in May 2018, graduating summa cum laude, and was the recipient that year of the Rozanne M. Brooks Sociology Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She was pursuing her master's degree at Syracuse University. Leah was a proud member of the Thousand Islands Select Vocal Ensemble and a finalist in several North Country Idol vocal competitions. Leah loved to sing and people loved to hear her sing. She had a powerful and moving voice that always resonated with emotion, and was inspiring to the throngs of supporters who followed her.

Leah's propensity for fun could lift the spirits of those around her and is the reason that she made a new friend almost every day. Her inviting personality and devotion to the underdog, without judgement, reveals a glimpse of her true character. Leah possessed the ability to give others strength even when her own was flickering and she was unwaveringly loyal to her loved ones. Her family will forever be grateful for the love, the laughs, the songs, and the memories she leaves behind.

Private services will be held at the family's convenience. There will be no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leah's name may be made to Credo Foundation, 595 W. Main St., Watertown, NY 13601 or Thousand Islands Select Vocal Ensemble, attn: Kathryn Ingerson, Thousand Islands High School, 8481 County Rt. 9, Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to Leah's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

"Saint Peter won't you open up the big white gate? Cause I heard about forgiveness and I hope it ain't too late. I ain't no holy roller but you go tell your King, that all the folks up in heaven might like to hear me sing." -Grace Potter


#22 Cyril and Marlene 2020-10-13 17:54
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
So sorry
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#21 Elizabeth Kellogg 2020-10-06 18:01
I know Carol and Leah wouldn't want me to cry. I'm so upset about her life; taken away too soon. I just can't believe it.
Thank you for taking my daughter on all those wonderful vacations. The girls sure had a lot of fun being young.
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#20 Carol and Rudy 2020-10-06 16:03
Laura, Audie and Family,
We are thinking of you at this very sad time, and know that those we hold in our hearts will never truly leave us. You are in our prayers.
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#19 Larry Tingley 2020-10-06 13:42
Our condolences to you and your family
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#18 Kristina Rusho 2020-10-05 20:19
I have some of the fondest memories of Leah from our time together in select choir. I hope the grandest stage is ready to hear her sing. My condolences to all for this loss.
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#17 William Marshall 2020-10-05 14:21
Audie, soo sorry to hear of your loss.
Bill & Mary Marshall
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#16 Sherry Baszto 2020-10-05 10:37
Laura, Audie, Allison and Family- I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find some comfort knowing that many friends and family are thinking and praying for you at this difficult time. May God bless you with peace.
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#15 Lynn and Tom Zuellig 2020-10-04 13:27
Laura and Audie and Leah's family. We were so stunned to hear about Leah's passing. We've been remembering the insurance trip that brought our two families together so uniquely. When we met Leah we quickly embraced her fiestiness, her fierce independence and her, even then, unmistakable voice that commanded our attention! Melanie and Leah spoke to each other's soul and we are forever grateful for their strong yet physically distant friendship. Our hearts break for you and the hole her absence creates in your family. Her love shines throw her precious children...two shining stars who will keep her spirit alive. We pray that God's love and the memory of Leah's special ability to live, love and embrace friends and family gives you strength during both the beautiful and tough days ahead. Love and prayers, Lynn and Tom
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#14 Melanie Zuellig 2020-10-04 00:41
Laura and Audie - My heart sunk to hear this news. Leah was such a vibrant star and full of life. I remember coming to Clayton decades ago and hearing Leah’s confident voice sing during our sleepovers. Her zest for life was contagious. Really enjoyed being pen pals and looked forward to those summer memories. May her spirit live on in you and her children. She is still a star and shining down, with that beautiful smile and fiery love! Sending wishes or comfort to you all - Melanie (Zuellig) Manthey
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#13 Lora Stopper 2020-10-03 14:31
Audie, Laura and family,
We send love and prayers to you all at this difficult time. You were blessed with a wonderful daughter who left us all too soon. Take care and know you are are in our thoughts. Lora & Jack
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