Leslie Howard, Died peacefully at home with his family on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 79 years of age. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa to Harry and Minnie (Kruman) Friss. He is remembered by many as the proprietor of the Clark Building newsstand in downtown Pittsburgh which he ran with his parents for over 20 years. He greeted his regular customers by name and all with a smile. He followed this with 10 years of distinguished service to the federal government at the Oakdale military base. He was proud of his service in the Army during the Korean War and continued to support veterans for many years through his service to the Jewish War Veteran's including several years as the Commander of Post 299. In 1998, he retired to Delray Beach Florida where he served on the condo association Board, traveled with friends, was active in the Senior Olympics, and enjoyed time with family and friends. With care from his wife, he handled his health challenges with a positive attitude. He was grateful for the kidney transplant that gave him eight years free of dialysis and became an active member of the local kidney association helping others with kidney disease. A special thanks to Deb and Ray who welcomed him into their home for the last few months of his life. Thanks also to the Hospice of Palm Beach County for their support and care. Leslie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Merlyn Friss, his daughter Beverly Boget, her husband Chris and their daughters Leah and Kate, and his son Raymond Friss, his wife Deborah and their children Jason and Jessica. Les will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Condolences can be sent to Merlyn at 457 Oneida St.,Pgh. Pa, 15211. Contributions may be made to the Kidney Association of South Florida, 1764 N. Congress Ave., Suite 205, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 23, 2013