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Leonard Shaoul

Leonard Benson Shaoul

Tuesday, April 26th, 1949 - Sunday, January 17th, 2021
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Kayla Shaoul

Posted at 02:14am
First off, I’d like to thank each of you for coming today to commemorate the incredible life of my father.

Before we begin the ceremony, I’d like to acknowledge two remarkable coincidences for the day my father passed. First off, on January 17, 1970, willie Mays, my fathers baseball idol, was named player of the decade. The second concurrence is that January 17 is Muhammad Ali‘s birthday. He was an inspiration to my father growing up for his strength and ultimately they shared the same fate. To me, these events were meaningful to an extremely difficult day, and helped honor my father with these special memories. Some inspirational words of wisdom from Ali himself, “Don’t count the days; make the days count." That is what my father did every day of his life.

Now, let’s celebrate Leonard benson shaoul! The greatest of them all! The don! Slicko! The man ALWAYS of the hour!
Today we pay tribute to my father and how he was the most genuine man. He had a gentle soul and was fiercely devoted to the ones he loved. A man who came from humble beginnings and ultimately was an example of the American dream. Anyone fortunate enough to have graced his presence could express that his empathy for others was apparent. He was extremely dedicated to the ones he loved.

Born and raised in Brighton Beach, with sephardic Jewish parents, his childhood was filled with a strong family foundation and words spoken in ladino. His upbringing was rich with Jewish customs and abundant love. His first cousins were his blood brothers and sisters. As they grew up together, they each vowed to continue their family traditions, which our generation will continue to bring forth with the Shahon picnics.

My father as a child was regarded so intelligent that he skipped a few grades and graduated at 16. Shortly after he enlisted in the army and spent many years in active duty in the reserves. He was honorably discharged and I am so proud to know he served our country, the land where his immigrant grandparents from the Island of Rhodes were welcomed with open arms to create a better life for their family.

My father continued his journey always hustling; as a taxi cab driver, worked in the post office, attended Queens College and then he ultimately became a salesman in the dental supply business. For the next 30 years, this man showed dedication and worked from the bottom to the top. Eventually with his time and hard work, he purchased the company and became a CEO. My father even researched, developed and has a patent for a dental twist product that later was used for electric toothbrushes. His accomplishments were incredible.

My father once told me, “Try hard in life and you will succeed”. His work ethic and achievements, was an inspiration to Karina and I. He always cheered us on and supported us no matter what. His perseverance in life is bestowed with his accomplishments; a solid career, a marriage of 40 years, and raising two strong independent women.

Besides his achievements, this man has taught me the warmth of love. I would walk into a room and my father would say, and I kid you not, “Kayla, the love of my life, you are the best thing to happen to me, I love you so much!” To be honest, it’s probably why I’m still single, how can a man compete with the fondness I received from my father! Lenny would leave me daily voicemails, “Hi Kaylica, it’s daddy I’m just calling to say I love you. “ Of course as the years have passed and Parkinson’s robbed my father of various forms of expression, I always felt in his presence the amount of love he has for me, my sister and mother. Days before his heart attack, he looked at me, a way he hasn’t been able to in years, and spoke firmly, “Kayla you don’t know how beautiful you are.” His kind words were not about anything physical or even emotional, I knew he meant it as my whole being. That my soul is beyond courageous yet balanced with empathic sensitivity because of him. I cannot thank my father enough for making me beautiful, for allowing me to feel that way.

Speaking of beauty, the marriage my parents had is inspiring. Their union was of mutual respect. They raised Karina and I with unique perspectives of cultures, ideologies and the freedom to truly be ourselves. My father allowed the woman in his life with a sense of freedom that was supported by his kind patriarch. Don’t get me wrong, he was no push over; he was a man's man always; a well rounded athlete, a human sports encyclopedia, a boxer, a whiskey Aficionado, poker player, social bbq director and the DRIVER of the family, both figuratively and literally. He paved the path that provided the shaoul women to be themselves. He was patient and down to earth. Nothing really bothered or phased him. He would go out of his way to show his support; and THAT stability in the shaoul woman took all of us, a long way in life. Everything he did was for the family; that was extremely clear. His love for my mother was beyond passion. Utter obsession.They will forever be connected spirits, their souls continue to be intertwined.

My mother’s love for him was beyond apparent in the last decade of his life;  down to his very last days with his basic needs. Her caregiving is the pinnacle of selflessness. My sister and I thank God for giving her the patience and strength to look after him and our family. Mom: Dad wants to thank you for what you have done for him and he is eternally grateful.

As we know for over a decade, my father has suffered from a slow decline of Parkinson’s. I’m going to be extremely blunt, I’ve been mourning the loss of my father for many years now. I believe God did not want him to continue to suffer and I respect their decision. However much Parkinson’s took away from Lenny his presence continues to always be grand; filled with glimmers of his personality and disposition. He never once complained and continued to be humble; accepting his fate, enjoying the simple pleasures of life like watching the Giants baseball games, the honey- mooners, ice cream, following the stock market and of course enjoying spending time with his family until his very last days.

I know you will continue to be proud of the Shaoul woman and how we bond as a team. I am the voice, Karina is the mind, and my mother is the heart. Dad, you are our soul that will protect us, provide us with strength and the moments of beauty you send our way in this precious life will help guide us. Your spirit will lead the way for my mother, sister and I with the same loyalty we have had with your care these past few years, especially the past week; until his very last breath where he was able to pass with the loving embrace of my sister.
My sister expressed that even though his passing was the most difficult moment of her life, she is thankful that he chose to share his last breaths with her. Their deep connection will continue to live on everyday, which was confirmed by his spiritual connection to his passing; waking her up to ask her to be present for his last exhale. Karina continues to acknowledge as hard as that burden was for her, she is grateful that it solidified their bond. Karina was a true Daddy’s girl. Their memories of baseball cards and sports games will always be special to her. She will miss her dance partner, but she knows that he will watch over her; with her new home and future children. Although Karina will miss her daily affirmations from our father, she knows his love will live on; he was always Karina’s biggest cheerleader, the FIRST love of her life. Sorry Victor, the truth isn’t always pretty!


The outpour of love and support from family and friends from all over the world, especially his in-laws in Brazil, shows what an amazing man he was. Lenny was a beacon of light in their lives, a man with a sense of humor, someone you can count on and trust. You could always trust and feel protected by Lenny; those qualities have led many people to come forward, expressing how he was a father figure to them and how difficult it has been to mourn his loss. Lenny’s role as a father figure to many is apparent since his intentions were always pure and he was a man of his word.

Leonard Benson Shaoul, words cannot express the amount of admiration and love I have for you. You have been an example of what a man should be. You were always calm, centered and a voice of reason. When you expressed your love for the Shaoul woman, it was so pure. Your genuine empathy for others and dedication to your family is evident. You are an inspiration for your generosity, and for that I will forever love you. I find peace in the gratitude I have for your role in my life as my father.


You will always continue to be a truly incredible person. We will all miss you dearly. May you Rest In Peace.
K

Karina

Posted at 01:10pm
I will always be a daddy's girl.....Thankful for the life you provided me, my sister and mom- Lenny's Lovely Leading Ladies. I hope all my thank yous have resonated with you over the years. I know you heard those that I whispered to you over your last three days.
K

Karina

Posted at 01:05pm
Thankful for this summer: you were able to walk me to my husband and dance with me to our favorite Frank Sinatra song. I love you deeply and endlessly.
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