Obituary: Leonard Kunin, age 91, of Monroe, an English teacher at Foran High

Leonard Kunin, age 91, beloved husband of Ruth for 72 years, passed peacefully away on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Philip and Rose (Cohen) Kunin, he was a resident of Stratford, CT., having recently moved from Monroe, CT.

Leonard was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and a caring educator. He will be greatly missed. Leonard was an accomplished wood craftsman, a sailor and lifetime member of the Fayerweather Yacht Club in Bridgeport, where he moored his beloved sailboat, Pixie. He was a voracious reader of books about the sea, and when he could no longer physically sail Pixie, he could be seen sitting on deck at her mooring, reading and having his lunch.

He was a successful business man as a first career, but at age 46, Leonard fulfilled his dream of graduating with his B.A. and M.A. in education from Bridgeport University. His grandson, Stefan, (age 6 months at that time) attended his grandfather’s college graduation. Leonard taught English at Foran High School in Milford, CT. for 21 years before retiring.

After retirement, he volunteered at Housatonic Community College in the photography department, helping students learn their way around the film darkroom. Leonard was a lifelong member of his Brooklyn, NY Boy Scout troop and continued to meet with other surviving members of the troop until his 90th year.

Leonard is survived by his beloved wife Ruth, his loving son, Richard and daughter-in-law Jacqueline of Valley Forge, PA, his loving and devoted daughter, Barbara (Kunin) Dierolf and her children, Amy Bien of Norwalk, CT, and Christopher Bien and his wife Dara DeSalvo-Bien of Shelton, CT.

He was pre-deceased by his brother, Dr. Milton Kunin of Bel Aire, CA, his son-in-law Dr. Breck Dierolf and beloved grandson, Stefan Bien.

Friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM from the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, with internment following at Aspetuck Cemetery on Black Rock Turnpike in Easton, CT.

In Lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Jewish Senior Services Hospice of Fairfield or the charity of your choice.