Leslie N. Landes passed away November 6, 2004 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary K. Landes and his loving children: Douglas N. Landes and Kathryn G. Landes. He is also survived by his son, Craig D. Landes and Irene G. Landes, dear friend and previous wife. He is mourned by his brothers: Richard Landes and Sidney Landes. He will be sorely missed by two grandchildren: Simone Landes and Cassandra Howard, as well as his great-grandchildren: Lyric Monet Howard and Nazier Dobois Landes.

Les was born on June 23, 1922 to Kathryn G. Levy Landes and Colonel Lewis Landes in Bronx, NY. He attended New York Public Schools: Dewitt Clinton High School, Dewitt School and the College of the City of New York. He was accepted into The United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1944. He served as a Lieutenant during World War II abroad the USS Manchester CL83 and the USS Parker DD 604.

Upon completion of his duties in the United States Navy, Les began a career working for Lloyd’s of London. He spent a number of years working and traveling in Europe and the Middle East. He left Lloyd’s to join Caltex. By this time, he was married and the father of three children. Wishing to return to this country, he requested a corporate transfer to the New York area. With his extensive knowledge of the oil and shipping industries, he again chose a career change. Les became President of Naess Shipping Company Inc. After a number of years with Naess, he decided to go into business for himself and started his own Shipping Company, which at one point owned several ships.

Upon his retirement from the shipping industry, Les became very involved in civic and community organizations. For a number of years, he worked as a Volunteer in the New York United Hospital Medical Center. He was an active member of the Rye Senior Citizens Organization. He was a good neighbor to many in his community for over forty years. Les loved sailing and up until his sixty’s almost always owned some form of sailboat. He enjoyed participating in races on the Long Island Sound. He was an avid reader, fact gatherer, and debater. Up until his death, he would often audit courses at the SUNY University in Purchase. Les and his wife, Mary, enjoyed traveling, both internationally and nationally.

A Memorial Gathering will be Saturday, November 13 from 2-4 pm at COXE AND GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME, 767 E. Boston Post Rd. in Mamaroneck, where Service will commence at 3:30 pm. Any one wishing to make contributions, please send them to Hospice of Westchester County, 95 South Broadway, Fourth Floor, White Plains, NY 10601-4403.

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