Leon Lebor

Leon Lebor
World Trade Center

Universal Sign for Laughs

He was deaf, but Leon Lebor certainly got to see the world. Born in London, he moved to New York and worked as a furrier. Then he moved to Jerusalem, where he was a florist at the King David Hotel. Having problems signing in Hebrew, he returned to New York and became a janitor at the World Trade Center.

"He managed to live his own life and take care of himself," said his brother, David.

Mr. Lebor, 51, was one of the most popular janitors at the trade center. He was known for telling jokes and making hilarious faces that rivaled Emmett Kelly's.

"He loved what he did, and the tenants loved him because he did what he had to do and then some," said Frances Ramirez, a former supervisor. "He worked very hard and he took pride in it. He just loved to make friends."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 19, 2001.

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