Stanley Leon

stanley leon
Stanley Leon, 83, of Hendersonville, died peacefully after a short illness on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. He was born in the Bronx, NY on June 19, 1926 to the late Emanuel and Frances Glazer Leon. He spent his childhood in northern New Jersey and graduated in a class of 8 from a 1-room school in Mt. Freedom, NJ. During WWII, Stan served proudly in the Navy. He went on to earn an Associates degree from Newark College of Engineering in 1947; a BA in Journalism from the University of Miami in 1952 and his Masters in Education from the University of Vermont in 1973. He also attended Newark State Teachers’ College, Central Michigan University, the University of Virginia, as well as Norwich University. Stanley married Joanne Hoag in 1954. He worked for twelve years as a newspaper reporter/photographer in NJ and as a 6th grade teacher in Wharton, NJ. He went on to serve as a Public Information Officer (G.S. 12) in the United States Army, Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ. He and his family later moved to Randolph, VT. He taught English, journalism and technical writing at Vermont Technical College, where he later retired after 15 years in 1981. While in VT, he was an active member of the Board of Education as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge #28. Stan had an active retirement, living and working in Inverness, FL, Klamath Falls, OR and San Diego, CA. He moved to Asheville, NC in 1989 and enjoyed working as a tour guide at the Biltmore House and for Young Convention Services for 5 years. He also volunteered for the Literacy Council, which he found very rewarding. Stan was a passionate gardener, loved photography, crossword puzzles and warm, sunny days. An avid reader, he had a strong network of friends, some who have been with him for over 50 wonderful years. He was part of a weekly breakfast ritual with a delightful group of professional retirees, which he looked forward to and enjoyed very much. He is survived by his wife, Joanne and four daughters, Patricia Leon, a nurse in Phoenix, AZ, Nancy Leon, a teacher in Burlington, VT, Elizabeth Webb, a guidance counselor in Orlando, FL and her husband, Greg and Dorothy Dears, a sign language interpreter in Missoula, MT and her husband, Larry; one sister, Joan Rich of Hollywood, FL as well as three grandchildren, Michael and Stephanie Webb and Lauren Dears. Those who knew him where enriched by his wisdom, sense of humor and practicality. He will be missed by many. At Stanley’s request, no services will be held, however, memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731

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  1. Uncle Stan and Aunt Joni and their girls were our favorites. As children we lived in PA. and they lived in New Jersey. Because of our close proximities, we spent many Christmas’s, Thanksgivings and other holidays together. We would either go there or they would come to our house. We have many beautiful photographs of us as children thanks to Uncle Stan. When our sister Becky was born, Jim and I stayed in New Jersey with Stan and Joni while Mom was in the hospital. For some reason one of my favorite memories of Uncle Stan was one time when they came to visit us. My cousin Betty was a baby. Uncle Stan was holding Betty on his lap and had put a pair of rubber pants on his head. I guess I thought that was very funny because the memory is vivid. I’m so glad I was able to see the whole family last summer at our reunion. I had not seen Uncle Stan in at least 20 years and was astounded at how good he looked! To me he hadn’t changed! It is a blessing that he did not suffer long. I just hope he says hi to our mom and dad on the other side. We will miss him.

  2. I will miss my Uncle Stan. My siblings and I are so glad that Stan and Joanne (and 3 of the girls and the grandkids) made it to our family reunion this summer in Vermont. It was wonderful to see them and to reconnect.

    I remember when I was 9 or 10, the Leons and my family had a ‘half-way’ picnic and I returned with them to spend a week in Vermont with Nancy and Dodi . The car was a convertable. My long hair kept blowing forward and tickling the back of Stan’s head. Years later I learned how much he didn’t like long hair – this ride must have really bugged him, but I never knew it. During this visit Stanley put an article in the local newpaper about my visit! I was so excited! I’m sure I still have a copy.

    I have many good memories about him and our family has many photos because of him.

    I am sorry he is gone but glad he did not have to suffer long.

  3. I had the pleasure of meating Mr. Leon in November. He was very pleasant, and it was a pleasure to serve him in a medical/professional relationship. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to the family.

  4. To the entire Leon family, our most heartfelt condolences. Mr. Leon was such a sweet, gentle spirit. Our office always enjoyed seeing him when he would accompany his lovely wife, JoAnne, to her appointments. We are sorry to hear of his passing, but thankful that he was spared a long period of suffering. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this time.

  5. Joanne and family, I am so sorry for your lost. I am thankful for the time I spend taking care of Leon in the hospital. He was a very sweet, gentle and loving man. I remember him telling me how in love he was with his wife, and how special she was to put up with him. It was a pleasure to know Mr Stanley, and to take part in his care at the hospital.
    My prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Joanne, Dody, Nancy, Betty and Pat, and families,
    Wishing you all peace and comfort as you say goodbye.
    I have fond memories of sleepovers at your hilltop home in Vermont. I remember Stan’s wry humor and the mischievous twinkle in his eye as he patiently endured a houseful of giggling girls. I remember peering with curiosity at his homemade dandelion wine and other garden delicacies. May your memories be a treasure to you.
    Love, Martha

  7. We are friends of Nancy’s in Vermont and we just wish to express our condolences to all of you.

  8. There are no words to lessen the pain of losing Stan. I am so sorry to hear Stan is gone. I remember one spring Stan and Jo came to our sugarhouse to observe Dad boiling sap for maple syrup. Stan had his trusty camera and took pictures of our parents which we will always enjoy. Thank you Stan for being part of our lives.

  9. When my husband Skip told me of Stan’s passing, I of course felt sadness, but that sadness quickly turned to a smile as I remembered having Stan as my English professor while attending Vermont Technical College. He always seemed to care deeply for all of his students and was a wonderful member of the Vermont Tech community.

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