Dr. Leonard Cure Conate, 74, of Ashburn, Virginia, passed away peacefully on August 24th, 2022 in Aldie, Virginia surrounded by his loving family (locally and all over the globe).
Dr. Conate was born in Butuan City in the province of Agusan del Norte in the Philippines to Lope and Bonifacia Conate on September 17th, 1947. He was raised in a Roman Catholic faith and practiced it throughout his life. He attended the oldest university in the Philippines where he received his Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Santo Tomas. It was at this university 51 years ago where he met his college sweetheart, wife, and Nurse, Henrietta Conate. Together, they opened Sacred Heart Clinic in Noveleta and Cavite City (just outside of Manila) where they dedicated their lives to caring for the sick before they moved to America in 1985 with their two sons (and a baby on the way). Dr. Conateand his family eventually settled in Northern Virginia where they planted their roots and lived the American dream.
Dr. Conate enjoyed playing tennis and basketball and he was a fan of boxing. He would often play tennis with his middle son and the doctors he worked with. His other passion was food and he enjoyed all types, especially seafood. He enjoyed cooking and experimenting with different flavors and loved sharing them with his family and friends.
Among his many talents, Dr. Conate was also a College Instructor. He was an instructor of Nursing in the Philippines and educated students of Medical Surgery at Northern Virginia Community College. In his younger years, he was the lead singer and composer of his band and recorded an album or two (his family is on a mission of finding these albums).
Dr. Conate is survived by his wife of 50 years, Henrietta Conate of Ashburn, Virginia; his eldest son, Hendrick Conate (his spouse, Jason Cox) of Ashburn, Virginia; his middle son, Dell Conate of Reston, Virginia; his youngest son, Jack Conate (his spouse, Kelly Siemion Conate) of Leesburg, Virginia; his grandchildren, Jackson Daniel Conate and Audre Teodora Conate of Leesburg, Virginia; his sisters, Maria Concepcion Conate Safar of Ashburn, Virginia, Neria Conate Hoyla of Seattle, Washington, Esmeralda Conate Reyes of Vancouver, Canada, Marlita Conate Bonachita of Manila, Philippines, Gloria Conate Ko of Bacoor, Philippines, Nida Rosario Conate of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Josefita Conate Vasquez of Los Banos, Philippines; his brothers, Andrew Conate of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Frederico Conate of Dharan, Saudi Arabia; and many wonderful nephews, nieces, and cousins scattered around the globe. He is preceded in death by his father, Lope Ambil Conate; his mother, Bonifacia Curada Conate; his sister, Virgilia Conate; and his brother, Lope Conate Jr.
Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn, Virginia on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10:30 AM ET.
Viewing/Visitation will be held at Direct Cremation Services of Virginia in Chantilly, Virginia on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM ET. Light refreshments will be served.