Leonard Gilbert, 83, of South Euclid, passed away Dec. 31, 2020.
Leonard was born March 13, 1937, in Pittsburgh to Bess and Bennie Gilbert. He graduated from Steubenville High School, home of Big Red. He later received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.
A U.S. Army veteran, Leonard began his career as an interior designer at Cleveland firms Howard Pim and Sterling Lindner, and later as the head of design for The May Company. He then cofounded and operated Interiors 190, a Chagrin Falls design studio, and founded and operated a solo venture in Leonard J. Gilbert & Assoc..
Leonard was an avid tennis player and gardener, and loved his family deeply. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved people. He made people smile, laugh and feel better. He was proud of his Steubenville roots. Above all, he loved his family. He and Nancy had a beautiful 61-year marriage and he loved spending every possible moment with his kids, grandkids and his many friends.
Leonard is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Nancy; loving children, Alan (Suzanne) of Columbus and David (Faith) of Moreland Hills; devoted grandchildren, Benjamin, Alison, Emily and Bradley; and dear brother, Marc (Mimi) of Brunswick. He was predeceased by his parents, Bess and Bennie; and brother, Phillip.
Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Bet Olam Cemetery for immediate family. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, family requests no visitation. Friends who wish may view the service on YouTube (enter Leonard J. Gilbert Funeral Service).
Donations in memory of Leonard can be made to the Rabbi J. Skoff Discretionary Fund, c/o Park Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124.