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The family of popular business and community leader Lee “Spanky” Zabelsky was on hand to receive a proclamation from Duquesne City Council. From left: Stephanie Zabelsky, Jake Zabelsky, Mayor R. Scott Adams, Lavon Zabelsky, Lenny Zabelsky and Luke Zabelksy. “Spanky” Zabelsky passed away suddenly at 53. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)
Duquesne City Council on Tuesday altered its agenda slightly to accommodate the family of Lee “Spanky” Zabelsky, 53, who passed away suddenly in October. Council and an emotional Mayor R. Scott Adams presented Zabelsky’s family with a proclamation.
“Spanky” was the co-owner of Leo’s Service Center on Duquesne Boulevard with members of his family and was a contract tow operator for the city of Duquesne.
“He was a member of the planning commission and a football coach,” Adams said. “He would help the football team with everything from meals to field maintenance.”
Adams noted that every August. “Spanky” hosted a community party, and council will now recognize every second Saturday in August for Zabelsky.
Council was also scheduled to honor Charolette Jeffrey Jones, the first Black woman to serve on city council, with a proclamation, but that ceremony would be rescheduled to a later date to a death in her family.
Originally published December 08, 2023.