Leo P. Forami, 71, the mayor of Capitol Heights for the last 20 years, died April 1 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Forami also worked as a barber in Capitol Heights from shortly after World War II until about six years ago, when he went to work for the Prince George's County Department on Aging. There his duties included arranging for transportation and food for elderly people.

Born in Washington, Mr. Forami served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Capitol Heights Town Council for eight years before he was elected mayor in 1966. In 1964 he was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the old Prince George's County Board of Commissioners.

During his years as mayor, Mr. Forami participated in the groundbreaking for the extension of the Metro system's Blue Line to the Addison Road terminal serving Capitol Heights. He was active in the movement to establish identification procedures to help find missing children, and recently appeared on the ABC television program "Good Morning America" to discuss that effort.

Mr. Forami was a former councilor of the Osma Caravan of the Order of the Alhambra, a former grand knight of the Pius X Council of the Knights of Columbus, a former president of the Italian-American War Veterans Society of Capitol Heights, a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and a charter member of the Seat Pleasant Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife Ann, of Capitol Heights; four daughters, Fannie Balcerak and Barbara Truitt, both of Bowie, Rose Mayhew of Laurel, and Regina Forami of Capitol Heights; one son, Frank Forami of Capitol Heights, and six grandchildren.