Leonard A. Bartnick

Leonard A.
Leonard A. Bartnick, 78, of Utica, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Siegenthaler Hospice & Palliative Care Center after an extended illness. Leonard was the oldest son of Harry and Elizabeth Bartnick, born in August of 1935. He was a graduate of Utica Free Academy, Class of 1953. During his youth, he learned how to play the accordion. These skills later transferred easily to the electric organ and his playing could be heard down the street in South Utica on summer days. Shortly after graduating, Leonard enlisted in the United States Army and served his country proudly. Upon leaving the Army with an honorable discharge, he returned to Utica and took up the family business started by his father in 1926, Bartnicks Garage, which would eventually become permanently located in Deerfield. Leonard and his brother, Sheldon Bartnick inherited a work ethic from their father that would serve them well over the next 6 decades. Respected in his field and known for ingenuity and integrity, Leonard was honored to be a part of the Mohawk Valley business community. One of his greatest joys was shining up his giant tow trucks and driving them in local civic celebrations and parades. He and his brother masterfully restored the familys first tow truck, a 1932 Indiana, which is now permanently on display at the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Leonard was also a Mustang enthusiast. He happily drove a Ford Mustang and was enchanted by the mystique of the P-51 Mustang Warplane which he proudly piloted on one of his best days. In 1965 Leonard married the love of his life, Gail Paikin and they enjoyed 48 years together. Their commitment and dedication to each other stood as a shining example of the power of love, loyalty and how to do it right. Together they raised two boys, Allen of New Hartford and Andrew of Waterbury Center, Vermont. He is survived by Gail and their two sons, Allens wife Marcie and their daughter, Justine Bartnick . Andy, Allen and his family brought him exceptional joy, love and support. Justine held Leonards head and heart like only a granddaughter could and she took great care of both. She could make him smile on the darkest day. Leonard was a life long member of Temple Beth El and was recognized in 2007 by the Moriah Lodge #958 F & AM for 50 years of loyal support and dedication to the Brotherhood of Masons. Leonard is also survived by many friends and family who stood by his side through good times and ill health. Mark and Cindy Paikin of Fayetteville, Mike Paikin of Los Angeles, CA, Suggie and Shelly Brumberger of Reno, NV, Gails father Leon Paikin of Newbury Park, CA, and of course, his brother and long time partner, Sheldon and niece, Elise of Utica and great niece Heather Bartnick, of Goldsboro, NC. The funeral will be Monday (today) at 2 p.m. at the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road,Utica/New Hartford, with Rabbi Ronald Kopelman officiating. Interment will be in Temple Beth El Cemetery, Whitesboro. Calling hours will be Monday (today) from 12 2 p.m., prior to the funeral. Shiva will be observed Tuesday from 2 8 p.m. at their home, 153 Victoria Drive, Utica. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the , Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. or the American Red Cross. Online condolences to bentzfuneralhomes.com

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Bentz Funeral Service
13 Oxford Road New Hartford, NY 13502

Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Mar. 10, 2014