Leonard David Shwartz, 81, of Westport, died June 8, after a long illness. He was born October 11, 1931, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Bertha Weitz Shwartz and Harry Shwartz.
His wife, Joan Shwartz; his children and spouses Jeffrey and Nancy Shwartz of Newtown, Robbin Shwartz Golas and Gary of Trumbull, and Joshua and Abigail Kane of Brooklyn, N.Y.; stepchildren Scott Rosen, and wife Nancy, and Dinah Rosen; his sister, Ronnie Shwartz Lustig, and husband Jordan, of Fairfield; and seven grandchildren survive Mr Shwartz. He was preceded in death by a grandson.
A lifelong entrepreneur and businessman, his last business before retirement was Leonard Shwartz Nissan in West Haven. He was an active participant in the Beth El Minyannaires prayer group in Norwalk, where he also served on the Beth El Board of Trustees and was a member of the Chevra Kadisha Zichron Shabtai Leib Burial Society of Greater Bridgeport. He took particular joy in mentoring the youth of Congregation Beth El.
For many years, he flew as an acrobatic pilot.
Services took place Monday, June 10.
Contributions in his name may be made to Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk CT 06851.
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