Services: Services will be held on Monday at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, CT at 11:00 AM. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Donations: In lieu flowers, contributions in his name may be made to: Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Leonard David Shwartz


October 11, 1931 - June 8, 2013

Leonard David Shwartz, 81, of Westport, CT, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013 after a long illness. He was born on October 11, 1931 in the Bronx, NY to Harry Shwartz and Bertha Weitz Shwartz, both deceased.

He was a graduate of the Horace Mann School and the University of Pennsylvania, ’53. A lifelong entrepreneur and businessman, his last business before retirement was Leonard Shwartz Nissan in West Haven, CT. He was an active participant in the Beth El Minyannaires prayer group in Norwalk, CT, 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. He is survived by his wife Joan Shwartz; his sister, Ronnie Shwartz Lustig and her husband Jordan of Fairfield, CT; his children

Jeffrey Shwartz (Nancy) of Newtown, CT, Robbin Shwartz Golas (Gary) of Trumbull, CT and Joshua Kane (Abigail) of Brooklyn, NY; stepchildren Scott Rosen (Nancy) and Dinah Rosen; and grandchildren Tristan, Rivkah, Amelia, Alan, Elizabeth, Aviana, and Zachariah. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Maximillian Kane.

Services will be held on Monday at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, CT at 11:00 AM. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” In lieu flowers, contributions in his name may be made to: Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.

  1. Robbin, Gary, Tristan & Elizabeth, our thoughts and prayers are with you and our hearts go out to you and your family.

    June 9, 2013
    Sharon, Jim & Melissa -
  • Lenny was a dear sweet friend to my dad (Herb Tolmich) and a piece of our heart. We are so sorry to hear he’s gone, we will miss him terribly.

    Phyllis, Michael & Daniel Conklin

    June 10, 2013
    Phyllis Conklin -
  • Ronni and Jay, You are in our thoughts.

    June 10, 2013
    Sheila, Paul and Hollis Hefferan -
  • Thank you, Leonard, for your beautiful legacy of 3 special children, their partners and their children. May you rest comfortably knowing how much each of them has enriched the lives of so many.

    June 11, 2013
    Gary & Bunni Singer -
  • Dear Joanie;
    Our most sincere condolences to you and your family.

    June 11, 2013
    Millie and Ed Ullman -
  • Our condolences to the family. Len and I go back 60 years to The University of Pennsylvania and we missed him at the reunion.

    June 20, 2013
    Stanford Ross -
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