May 4, 1922 – March 27, 2016
Murray Leonard, 93, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away peacefully on March 27th 2016. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on May 4th 1922. Murray grew up in The Bronx, following all the NY Yankee greats.
When World War Two broke out he answered his country’s call to duty as a PFC in the US Army (83rd Reconnaissance Troup, 83rd Division), participating in the Battle of the Bulge, sustaining injuries and was awarded a Purple Heart. After getting married to the love of his life Edna in 1958, he moved to Tucson, Arizona to pursue a career in the mail-order and retail women’s clothing business with his wife at Old Pueblo Traders and the Vicki Wayne retail stores, retiring at the age of 78. He was a keen golfer and enjoyed playing with his buddies as part of the ‘Grumpy Old Men” golfing group, playing until he was 87. He also enjoyed playing the US stock market/investing mostly on his own, including reading the Wall Street Journal every day.
He is survived by a son, Richard (Stephanie) and loving wife of 57 years, Edna Leonard. He was preceded in death by his brother Sidney Goldschlager (Nora) of Rumson, New Jersey and parents, David and Rebecca Goldschlager, who immigrated to the US Iași, Romania. He is also lovingly remembered by all his nieces and nephews as fun-loving “Uncle Mursh”, who would do anything for a laugh. Funeral arrangements and a graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, April 1st 2016, East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, Arizona.
A special thanks goes out to all the ‘angels’ – the caretakers who spent the last number of year’s lovingly assisting Murray and his wife Edna.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in his name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars:
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Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Palms Mortuary, Tucson, AZ.
Friday, April 1, 2016
April 11, 2016
To Edna and Richard, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Murray was just a terrific guy. One of the most positive, upbeat people I have ever met. I feel that he enriched my life, and must have done so with everyone he knew. He will be remembered.
April 9, 2016
While I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Leonard, over the many years that I have known his son Rich Leonard, he often mentioned how wonderful his father was, sharing stories of his numerous accomplishments.Considering the fine son they raised, Murray and Edna were exceptional parents and Murray a remarkable man. My wife and I wish you our best.
April 7, 2016
Edna and Richard, My best condolences on the passing of Murray. Richard, thank you for notifying me via telephone. Just my brother Jonathan and I are left from the cousins. Stephen Schwartz
Bill & Karen Goldberg
April 6, 2016
Edna & Richard,
The world lost a gentle soul. Karen and I mourn your/our loss. May your memories of Murray be a lasting comfort.
Ellyn kane Lippman
April 4, 2016
Dear Edna, So sorry to hear of Murray's passing. It has been many years since I have seen the both of you, but I have only good memories of him. He was the nicest man. Always with a smile and a good word for everyone. I worked with you and Murray at Vicky Wayne's and Murray was always there to lend a helping hand. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
April 2, 2016
Edna and Rich,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss that I
just heard of today. Murray was a wonderful gentleman, who will be missed by all who knew him. I would have liked to be with you Friday.Will send flowers to your apartment and hope to talk Sunday.