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On February 13, 2019, Leonard Vincent Gilleo passed away at the age of 71 after a courageous battle with cancer. Lenny, as he was known to virtually everyone, was born on April 4th, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to the DC area as a youth, eventually settled in Northern Virginia, and went to barber school. He married, had children, and over time found himself rooting for the Redskins. He considered Arlington and Falls Church home. Lenny is survived by the love of his life and wife of 40 years, Vivian Gilleo, and by four grown children, Don, Mark, Jessica, and Jeff, and 12 grandchildren. He considered the title of Poppop his most cherished accolade. Outside of his family, Lenny regarded work as the highlight of his life. For over forty years, he cut hair in the Federal Reserve Building in DC, where he was also referred to as "The Hairman of the Board." His clients included former Fed Chairmen Arthur Burns, Paul Volker, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, as well as US Ambassadors, Secret Service brass, White House Press Secretaries, and hundreds of PhD economists and State Department personnel. His relationships with his clients, many who became life-long friends, garnered him attention beyond the walls of his barber shop. Over the years, Lenny was interviewed by NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Washingtonian Magazine for his insight into the inner workings of the Fed. He was mentioned in books by both Greenspan and Bernanke. Standing behind his barber's chair, Lenny served as the common man sounding board to many economic policy decisions made by the Fed. (In fact, had his layman's advice been taken seriously, Black Monday, the bursting of the dot-com bubble, and the financial crisis of 2008 could have all been avoided.) At work and at home, Lenny was renowned for his limitless supply of jokes. A funeral service will be held on February 25, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, Falls Church, VA at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a Mass Card or a donation to Catholic Charities, USA or Knights of Columbus Council 2473.

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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2019.
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March 3, 2019
Dear Viv and family, I was so sorry to hear of Lenny's passing. It seems like I had seen the two of you at church quite recently. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Lenny, as well as your entire family.
Nancy Genovese
March 3, 2019
I was a customer of Lenny for almost 20 years at the Kings Park Barber Shop in Burke, VA. Every 6 weeks or so I would come in to the shop and look for Lenny in the last chair at the end of the room. It never mattered if other barbers were available or how long the wait, I wanted to sit in Lenny's chair. He was a great conversationalist. He could talk about sports (as everyone knows he was a rabid Redskins fan and would often wear his Redskins shirt), life, and his kids. He was always so proud of his family and I enjoyed hearing about their adventures. In recent years, he was very candid about his fight with cancer. He didn't try to hide it but he didn't expect sympathy. I will always remember the strength he showed and his determination to keep working despite the obvious pain he was suffering. They don't make men like Lenny anymore. He will be missed.
Michael Mason
March 1, 2019
Mr. Gilleo
It was such a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for your stories and amazing spirit. May you rest in heavenly peace.

-Julia Montgomery (KP Clinical Assistant)
February 27, 2019
For years after I left the Board I went back through security for Lenny haircuts and Lenny ambiance. In a world of economists and lawyers he captured the essence of the common effort. He had a keen eye for pomposity. I wrote a piece nominating him for a position as a governor that he had framed in his shop for years. He didn't need to be at the head of the Fed because he was very close to its heart. I will miss him.
Jim Scott
February 25, 2019
Lenny was an institution at the Federal Reserve Board. I will always remember him fondly.
Andrea De Michelis
February 25, 2019
Rest well, Lenny. You fought the good fight.
d c
February 24, 2019
Lenny will be missed. A good friend!

Mary Anne Stallings
February 22, 2019
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JenniferH Mahoney
February 22, 2019
A dear friend for over 40 years, we will always hold you close to our hearts. You are one of a kind Lenny, and our memories of you will always make us smile. We were blessed to have you in our lives - you will not be forgotten.
Jenny and Tom Mahoney
February 21, 2019
Lenny was justly proud of his four kids and so he should have been. I'm already missing the 22 years of jokes and stories we shared monthly. I'm sorry that I'll be out of town when his service is held. God bless him and the entire Gilleo family.
Bob Tetlow
February 20, 2019

Our condolences to you and your family. You are in our prayers and we wish you Christ's peace.

Mark and Samantha Johnson
February 20, 2019
Always enjoyed the haircut with stories and playing clarinet at his parties. RIP dear Lenny. You went the full distance, fought the good fight, and kept the faith.
Samuel Slowinski
February 19, 2019
I had the privilege of sitting in Lenny's chair for the last 28 years. I looked forward to seeing him almost every week. He will be truly missed. I considered him a good friend. RIP Lenny.
Patrick Billingsley
February 19, 2019
Lenny made everyone feel welcome. I am grateful to have met him. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Andy Boettcher
February 19, 2019
Deepest condolences for a man well known and loved by many around the board. Lenny, (we called him) will be missed. His character, sense of humor, jokes, smile, will be missed most of all besides Lenny being Lenny. These Angels come far and few. Will keep the family in prayer.
Dresia Vaughn
February 19, 2019
Lenny, you will truly be missed by all that had the pleasure of being your friend. The FRB will miss you!
David Dextradeur
February 19, 2019
I was privileged to have sat in Lenny's barber chair. Not only to receive a wonderful haircut, but to have shared some great conversations as well. To his family please accept my condolences. R.I.P Mr. Gilleo.
Gary Bailey
February 19, 2019
Lenny, rest in peace. It has been really special getting to know you...
~ BD
February 19, 2019
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February 19, 2019
Lenny was the last Earthly force that could keep me pretty until I gave up and just started shaving my head. Every visit with him was a guaranteed good conversation with a lot of laughs and a side of good advice. I will miss you, my friend.
Alex Miner
February 18, 2019
You are missed dearly
February 18, 2019
Love you so much and miss you daily. The best dad, softball coach growing up, role model, practical advice giver and mostly hard worker...until we meet again, may God keep you.
your favorite daughter
February 18, 2019
I|am sure that you are in a better place. God bless you.
Fred Whetzel
February 18, 2019
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ken markle
February 17, 2019
Lenny and I were both born in Jamaica Plain, MA, but didn't meet untilI I retired from the Army in 1994. Then I began to go to the King's Park Barber Shop where I met Lenny. He and I hit it off from the beginning. He also got to meet my youngest daughter in 2017, both undergoing cancer treatment at Kaiser and VA Medical Center. He will be missed!
Bob Liddell
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