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Senator Burton Leland

Detroit - Burton Leland, age 69, passed away February 25, 2018. Born and raised in Detroit, Burton graduated from Mumford High School, earned a business degree at Wayne State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. He entered politics in 1980, first as a State Representative and then a State Senator, and finally as a Wayne County Commissioner, always serving residents of Northwest Detroit. As a statesman, Burton embodied what a true public servant should be. He was dedicated to improving the quality of life of the citizens for whom he cared so deeply. He developed a clean-up program that battled the blight threatening the neighborhoods in his district. He provided support to food banks, community gardens, neighborhood associations, and the Detroit Police Precincts. Burton felt a deep commitment to the Northwest community, individual residents, and children returning to school each fall. His firm belief that higher education was necessary to adult success led to his personal contributions to, and creation of the Burton Leland scholarship fund. Renowned for his dynamism, charisma, and irreverent nature, Burton was a tireless campaigner who loved knocking on doors to meet his constituents. Notably, in the early 1980s Burton passed a bill in the House that became known as the Lemon Law, a consumer advocacy law that gave car buyers a brand new replacement if a defect was found that could not be fixed. Burton Leland will be missed by the thousands of constituents and the families he touched over the years, solving their problems, sharing their concerns and securing the services they needed. Burton is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years Rosanne (Letvin), loving son Zachary, with daughter-in-law Nicole and darling granddaughter Lilly, and Detroit City Councilman Gabriel Leland, brother Joel and sister-in-law Andrea, mother-in-law Eileen Letvin, brother-in-law Joel Letvin and sister-in-law Dana Letvin, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many wonderful and loving friends and colleagues. It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Senator Burton Leland may do so by making a contribution to: Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 1457 Griswold Detroit, MI 48226 (313)962-4047 http://www.downtownsynagogue.org/ or Congregation Kehillat Israel 2014 Forest Road Lansing, MI 48910 (517)882-0049 http://kehillatisrael.net/ SERVICES 2:00 P.M. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL. 248-569-0020. INTERMENT AT ADAT SHALOM MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. www.irakaufman.com

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press on Feb. 26, 2018
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