Leon Weinberg

WEINBERG, LEON Leon Weinberg, 88, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Hamden, CT, passed away peacefully at his home on May 24, 2013. He was born on January 9, 1925 in Lodz, Poland to Fayvel and Golda (Zeid) Wajnberg. He is survived by his wife, Lillian (Miller) Weinberg to whom he was married in July of 1953, his children, Phillip, Gayle Aizin and Sandy Weinberg and grandchildren, Shondra, Justine and Briana. He was predeceased by his sisters, Malka and Esther. Leon was the definition of the American Dream. He arrived in New Haven in 1949 when his aunt and uncle, looking for any surviving members of their family, tracked him down in Europe. He opened Leon's Bakery, Inc. on Whalley Ave. in 1959 and remained its Chairman until its sale in 1996. Leon's supplied bakery products internationally and its many customers included the Subway Restaurants, Shaw's Supermarkets and the Marriot Hotel chain. Leon was an avid sportsman, having played Table Tennis professionally in Europe. Despite his advanced Alzheimer's, he never forgot how to swing a paddle or a tennis racket. He also spent many days visiting schools to tell children of his life during the Holocaust as he believed that was his mission. He wrote a book to recount those experiences, "For a Loaf of Bread". The book is free to download at www.leonremembers.com. He was involved in countless philanthropic endeavors including the New Haven Jewish Federation, Juvenile Diabetes, Jewish Foundation- March of the Living, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Probus Club, Friends of Akim, Israel Tennis Center, Fortunoff Video Archives at Yale, United Jewish Appeal, Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, and was a Freemason. He will be sorely missed as he served as an inspiration to many. Donations in his honor may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW, Washington D.C. 20024-2126 or The .

Published in The New Haven Register on June 9, 2013