Louis Fodor, 96, passed away Nov. 16, 2020, in Lakewood.

Born Sept. 27, 1924, in Cleveland, Louis graduated from Shaker Heights High School and earned a business degree from Ohio University. Stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army from May 1, 1943 to Nov. 9, 1945, Louis later was the president of Fodor Realty Co.

He leaves a legacy as one of many great men who built the city of Cleveland and our suburbs. At 96, he sadly outlived many friends and colleagues. But, he never forgot them as he always recounted stories of their accomplishments and generosity. Without these men and women, Cleveland and her suburbs would not be what it is today. 

The Fodor Realty Co. was established in 1916 by Alex Fodor, Lou’s father, an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary. Upon returning from his army service in World War II, Lou rejoined the business and became president in 1955 when his father passed away.

Louis had a love of travel, fine art, classical music and theater.

Married for 40 years, Pat and Lou traveled the world. They loved their adventures that Lou so enjoyed planning down to the very last detail. As much as they loved to travel, Cleveland was their home. They showed their love and support by becoming members of the Union Club, the Cleveland Yacht Club, maintaining many yearly subscriptions to the Cleveland Orchestra and Playhouse Square, donating to many organizations including the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and pledging monies for research to the Cleveland Clinic. He was also a member of The Temple-Tifereth Israel and served on the board for Judson Park. 

Louis is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia; children, Susan Heller and Lesli (Rick) Susick, and stepdaughter, Joanne Deas; grandchildren, Adam Heller, Lauren Heller, Jessica Susick and Erin Susick; and great-grandson, Ethan Thompson. He was predeceased by his step-daughter, Patricia Custer.

Services were held Nov. 19 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. No visitation.

Donations in memory of Louis can be made to

the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195; or the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109.