Leo Seal

If a man's life is measured in what he has accomplished for his community and his fellowman, then Leo Seal was no doubt a giant among men.

Seal served as president and CEO of Hancock Bank. And during his sixty plus years at that financial institution, Hancock Bank grew from a small local bank to one today with 164 locations in four states. But it's what he did away from the bank that sets Mr. Seal apart from so many others.

Seal was always interested in ways to improve our Mississippi Gulf Coast. From expanding our state Port in Gulfport to building a world class facility out at the Stennis Space Center, Seal was always ready to offer his wisdom to projects. His passion for the coast included finding ways to bring a new educational and space museum to Hancock County. Ground breaking for the Infinity project takes place this week. Not surprisingly, Mr. Seal served as chairman of the Infinity dream. And he was a significant contributor to its development.

Mr. Leo, as many folks called him, helped thousands of people here in South Mississippi. He donated money to the Red Cross to help Hurricane Katrina victims recover. Seal also honored his fellow World War Two veterants with a memorial in Bay St. Lous.

Education was so important to Leo Seal. Each year he and Hancock Bank honor a number of teachers for the great job they do in educating the children in our community. Seal was also a key contributor to his beloved, Missisissippi State University. No doubt he was the biggest bull dog fan in south Mississippi.

One Hancock County resident said it best this week: Leo Seal was the heart and the soul of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A place he left better than he found it.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager