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We are saddened to announce the passing of Leonard George Henry Pardon of Miami, suddenly on 25th May, 2018 of congestive heart failure, while visiting family and friends in England, UK with his wife Shirley. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Leonard's life and work on Friday 15th June, 2018 at 1pm at St Philip's Episcopal Church, 1121 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 where Leonard attended with Shirley, family & friends. Leonard is survived by sons Geoffrey and Richard, stepdaughter Helen, sisters Joyce & Pam, grandchildren Charlotte, Tom and Emily; and nieces, nephews & dear friends in Miami, England and around the world. Leonard was the world's leading Faux/decorative artist 'extraordinaire' and an internationally renowned artist. Apprenticed in England at an early age to celebrated British, faux marbler & grainer, A E Baxby Leonard spent 10 years mastering the techniques that brought him critical and commercial acclaim. Faux painting is the art of decorative painting, imitating finishes that realistically, replicate the appearance of natural materials such as marble, wood or stone - a technique that dates back to ancient Egypt and stucco finishes in Mesopotamia, 5,000 years ago. As an artist Leonard also produced exquisite, exceptional Trompe L'oeil scenes and murals for private and commercial clients around the world. Leonard's international credentials include work at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the British Prime Minister's official residence, No.10 Downing Street, a bedroom suite for the Queen's visit to the Tudor Palace, Hatfield House and most of the great houses of England; as well as restoring some of the finest buildings in Europe and the Middle East including Palaces for the Sultans of Oman and Brunei. Leonard lived and worked in the US from the mid 1980's teaching at his NY School and on commissions for notable developers, architects and designers; his work included private residences, hotels, restaurants and commercial venues. After settling in Miami one of his first clients was Jorge Perez for whom he completed a variety of projects and this work remains ongoing. Leonard also decorated private residences and Estates in Palm Beach and throughout South Florida. The Pardon School of Specialist Decoration opened in London in 1984 with New York City, two years later. He later taught classes in major cities across America and was an able and inspiring teacher to students on both sides of the Atlantic many of whom are now successful decorative artists and painters in the their own right. One of Leonard's most personal projects is a stunning Triptych depicting Christ, his Apostles and Saints commemorating the first Bishop of South East Florida, now hanging in All Saint's Chapel in Miami's Trinity Cathedral. Leonard was passionate about his work and the legacy of his knowledge and expertise has been securely passed to his long term assistant and mentee, William Rodriguez who will now headline The Pardon Studio. Leonard loved to cook; he was a natural bon vivant, raconteur, avid reader and prodigious poet; a lover of horse racing and British cricket; a keen Rotarian and enthusiastic member of the choir of St Philip's Church, Coral Gables. Leonard will be deeply and profoundly missed by his family in Miami and England along with friends and colleagues across America a country he loved as 'home' - and many friends around the world. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to St Philip's Episcopal Church 'Memo' Music Fund or to OLR Ministries, an orphanage he supported for many years in Honduras. All donations should be sent to St Philip's Church.
Published in The Palm Beach Post on June 14, 2018
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