Leonard Deutsch (1928 - 2018)

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DEUTSCH, LEONARD beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, died May 6, 2018 from complications following a stroke. He was 89 years old. Born in Brooklyn, NY on July 19, 1928, Lennie soon moved to Woodridge, New York, in the Catskill Mountains, where his father Michael owned a lumber yard. Lennie remembered Woodridge fondly. His oft-repeated stories of his boyhood included fishing trips to Silver Lake with a long succession of dogs, all named Chico. In the early 1940s, Lennie moved to Miami Beach, where his family purchased the Lord Balfour Hotel. He attended Miami Beach High School, earning extra cash working at the Miami Ajai Alai. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Florida (Gainesville) and Northern Illinois College of Optometry (Chicago). Formal education ended when Lennie was drafted into the army. He served in the Korean War as a Military Police Officer with the Army's Seventh Infantry Division in Korea and Japan. Lennie married Rita Blinder (1932-2015) in 1953 in Miami. Until 1981, Lennie was the President of Gray Products, Inc., a corporation that sold commercial refrigeration. Later, he worked as a salesman for Safilo Eyewear and became an active member and President of SCORE Miami. For nine years, he provided loving homecare for his daughter Marjorie (1956-1992) and later for Rita. Following Rita's death, Lennie moved to Columbia, Maryland, to a residential care community near his daughter Jo and daughter-in-law Teresa. Lennie is survived by three children, Phyllis, Jo (Teresa Williams), and Steven, three grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, and Bena, and several nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his wife Rita, his daughter Marjorie, and his cat, Czarina. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local animal shelter.
Published in the Miami Herald on May 9, 2018
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