Brentwood Street Officially Named For ‘Local Hero’ Obdulio De Leon

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Town of Islip officials and loved ones of Obdulio “Oby” De Leon gathered together for a street dedication ceremony on Thursday. (Town of Islip)

On Thursday, Islip residents and town officials honored Obdulio De Leon, known locally as ‘Oby,’ with a street dedication ceremony in Brentwood.

De Leon was born in Guatemala City immigrated to Long Island at the age of 11 alongside his mother, brother and sister.

While attending Brentwood High School, De Leon co-founded “Latinos en Acción” a student club to empower Latino Students.

After receiving his Bachelors in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s, and a Master’s Degree in International Business from Hofstra University, De Leon played a pivotal role in founding “The Knowledge Project,” with the mission to provide mentorship and college scholarships to Brentwood Students.

De Leon was also a member of the nonprofit arts center, Teatro Yerbabruja, championing local artists, civic dialogue, and social revitalization.

Additionally, De Leon was a youth mentor; volunteer emergency medical technician; an earthquake relief volunteer in Peru; a Guardian Angel, and a cherished hometown hero, but chief among the many roles he served, Oby was a beloved friend and husband, and a devoted father to Mateo, Ava, and Quinn.

“He was just 46 years old when he passed, but his actions; his service, memory and the hope he has inspired, are timeless,” Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter said. “Though it is but a small gesture to recognize a life so large, it is the Town of Islip’s great honor to here display the name of local hero, Obdulio ‘Oby’ De León, for all to see and to remember. And as you pass by ‘Oby’s Way,’ may you always be reminded of his way in life, as a passionate, dedicated volunteer, with a selfless heart and enduring spirit.”