Following a lengthy illness, Leonard Thompson made the transition to his heavenly home on June 16, 2020. Predeceased by his parents, John and Clara, his brothers John, Jr, Stanley, Henry, Edward, and Ronald, He is survived by one brother, Aubrey.
A native Pittsburgher, Leonard, known to most as Lenny, attended Pittsburgh public schools and upon graduation enlisted in the United States Army, serving from March 20, 1946, to October 5, 1947, near the end of WWII. He reenlisted on February 2, 1949, fought in the Korean Conflict and was awarded the bronze star for meritorious action under fire. After an honorable discharge, Lenny returned to Pittsburgh for a brief time and then relocated to California where he met his bride-to-be, Ethel Mike. She had Also moved from Pittsburgh to California and following a whirlwind courtship, they married on September 10, 1961. From this union, they had two children, Stacey Jo, and Michael Anthony.
Lenny had many business ventures and was most proud of being the first African-American to bid on and win a lucrative contract with Contract Service Corp, for the United States Postal office.
Lenny was not all work and no play!! His passion for playing golf was legendary. He also played shortstop for Homestead Greys Baseball Team and frequently played basketball with his brothers, all of them being athletically inclined. He loved to talk politics with anyone willing to engage in a spirited conversation. An avid reader, he kept up with local and global news.
He leaves to mourn, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived, his devoted wife, Ethel, his cherished children, Stacey Jo and Michael, four grandchildren: Michael Rainey Wiles, Kelly and Kristen Wiles, Ayhan Thompson, and three great-grandchildren: Jhada Rein Mitchell, Nolan, and Ava Lawerence in addition to many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
It is written in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, there is a time for everything. Everything that happens in this world happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing,
Rest in Peace my Good and Faithful Servant.
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