CIECIEZNSKI, Lennard born Jan. 18, 1950 in Nutley, NJ, passed away June 13, 2014, following a seven month battle with pancreatic cancer. Len graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in 1968; he continued his education at St. Petersburg Junior College with an Associate of Arts in Radio/TV Broadcasting and The University of Florida, Gainesville, with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. He also became a member of MENSA. His career in Advertising and Broadcasting spanned forty years. He worked at advertising agencies in St. Petersburg, Baltimore, MD, and Tampa. A great opportunity took him to Walt Disney World where he was Marketing Copy Supervisor. Len also worked for multiple radio stations in Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Miami, where he received many awards for excellence. Returning home to St. Petersburg, he found his dream job working with Pinellas County Communications for the past eighteen years. He is known as "The Voice of Pinellas County" for the many programs he delivered to the people of the county via PCC-TV (Pinellas County Connection Television) "Inside Pinellas", multiple county meetings, including eTownhall, and Pinellas Citizens University. Len worked with county officials to provide information to the public; vital issues, such as Emergency Response, as well as historical subjects, including the Heritage Village anniversary and Pinellas County 911 Tribute, were among the many program offerings. In Len's own words, "My entire career has been involved with professional communication on several levels. In radio, TV, print, or collateral, I have used words to electrify ideas and give them shape and substance. I have used the graphic potential of print, the theater of the mind power of radio, and the visual impact of video to communicate straight to the point and convey these ideas indelibly to whomever happens to be in the target audience." He was preceded in death by his father, Sigmund Ciecieznski; and sister, Judith Ciecieznski Lingl. He is survived by his mother, Helen Ciecieznski; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Brenda Ciecieznski; nieces, Annette Phillips and Natalie Ciecieznski; and his nephew, William Phillips. Len will be greatly missed by family, friends, and co-workers, but will remain in our hearts and memories forever. A memorial service will be held at The Garden Sanctuary in Seminole on Wednesday, June 18, at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Len's name to pancreatic research groups, such as the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, or to Suncoast Hospice. In honor of Len's contributions, the studio in the Pinellas County Communications offices was dedicated as The Len Ciecieznski Studio. The announcement was made and a commemorative plaque was hung outside the door during his retirement luncheon in April. Now anyone entering the studio will be able to draw from the spirit and energy that Len brought to everything he did.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 17, 2014