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The world was a stage to former minor league pitcher, Greensburg prankster

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From dressing up like a pirate to making a coin disappear into thin air, David Leshock loved to capture the spotlight with jokes and magic tricks.

“He would do anything to make people laugh,” said his wife of 45 years, Carol Leshock.

Even when his health declined, Mr. Leshock maintained a playful attitude, she said.

David Leshock of Greensburg died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was 73.

“He definitely was unique and had an incredible sense of humor,” Carol Leshock said.

One of Mr. Leshock's classic pranks involved his own mother.

When he would take her to the grocery store, he'd tell security guards that she was a gypsy or a stranger following him and that they should “watch out for her,” Carol Leshock recalled.

When Mr. Leshock and his wife, a French teacher, hosted exchange students from France, he would make up some impressive feat to perform for them, telling his guests only three people in the world could accomplish it.

“They would all be amazed,” she said. “He was a friendly entertainer.”

His son, Brett Leshock of Gainesville, Va., remembers him as always being “the center of attention.”

“He'd engage people,” he said. “He'd balance a penny on the edge of a coat hanger.”

His daughter, Stacy Dee of Pittsburgh, enjoyed the funny quizzes he would give to his children and grandchildren.

“He would say something like, ‘Name five kinds of sports balls,' and then he would do a countdown, 10, 9, 8, 7 ... ,” she said. “It's amazing none of us went on a game show.”

In addition to flexing his comedic skills, Mr. Leshock enjoyed playing golf, poker and baseball. He played for a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies as a pitcher. He was a salesman at Sendell Motors for 20 years.

Mr. Leshock was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Leshock.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Leshock is survived by his mother, Davida Leshock; his children, David and wife Linda; Brett and wife Lynda; Stacy and husband Christopher; four grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

Visitors will be received from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday in Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, with a funeral service to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Westmoreland Food Bank.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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