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Leonard Marcus

August 26, 1933 October 9, 2020
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Passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 87 on October 9, 2020 after kidney failure. He was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery on October 15th.

He was the youngest son of Isidore and Fannie (Zarsky) Marcus and is survived by his sister Beverly (Irving) Beer, sons David (Angelika) and Jeffrey (Katherine), grandchildren Philip (Charlotte), Maddalena and Jacob as well as nieces Susan, Leslie and Elise and nephews Joel and Barry. He was predeceased by his long-time friend, Jane Riley and survived by his friend and companion, Arlene Richner.

An engineer by training, he was quiet and reserved. With a warm smile, hearty handshake, upbeat attitude, he made people laugh.

Leonard was born in Brooklyn, NY and worked in his family’s candy store. He graduated from Erasmus High School, volunteered for the Army and was stationed in post-WW2 Germany. He moved to Utica, NY to work for GE and married there in 1959. After years of night school, he graduated with a degree from Syracuse University in 1964.

Leonard came to Rochester with his young family in 1964. Eventually he landed at Xerox Corporation as a Quality Control Engineer and Service Education Analyst where he retired in 1998 after 30 years. His start as a Tax Preparer began in the 70s at H&R block. He eventually started his own tax preparation business which kept him busy from January to April every year. He continued this business until he retired again at 85 only two years ago.

He thoroughly enjoyed travel, golf, bowling, theatre, dancing and photography. He rolled a 300 game, and traveled extensively including overseas, all 50 states and many National Parks. “Lenny” is remembered for his entertaining magic tricks at special events. He served on the board of the Flower City Jazz Society, was a member of the Xerox Pioneer Club, The British American Club and participated in several golf and bowling leagues.

He was a tinkerer by nature and always trying to figure out what made something “tick”. He had a set of tools handy, a good measure of patience and a calming voice ready to solve the problem at hand. Leonard continues to live through his shared passions and spirit he passed on to his sons.

He lived a full life, passed on his own terms, and was able to express his love to his family.

Leonard greatly enjoyed his Honor Flight to DC on Father’s Day 2019 and was especially grateful to Rochester’s Honor Flight organization. He was an advocate of the mission and donations in his name, (Leonard Marcus, Honor Flight 66) will be gratefully received.
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