On July 3, Leonard Bierer passed away at age 76, surrounded by his loved ones. Bierer was born in Chicago, Ill., to the late Phyllis Scott and Henry Bierer, as the eldest of three children. From the beginning of his life, Bierer was a talker, and his legacy will continue through the stories he shared with all who had the honor of listening.
He served as a member of the United States Air Force as a cryptologic linguist, stationed in Crete, Greece. When he returned from service, Bierer enrolled at Loyola University Chicago, and began his lifelong career as a banker, with a long tenure at Glenview State Bank in Illinois.
In 1980, he married the love of his life, Sue Kendall, and moved to Wellington, where he became enamored with the equestrian world and the surrounding community from watching competitions to playing polo. He became an officer at Sun Trust. His infectious laugh, loving personality and unparalleled professionalism continue to fill the hearts of all who knew him.
An avid reader, Bierer was a regular at the Wellington library and could always be found with a new book in hand. His favorite pastimes included completing the crossword puzzles and sudoku in pen from a variety of periodicals, watching the Winter Equestrian Festival competitions, traveling the world with his wife and friends, as well as walking his dog Gracie, and visiting the local dog park, where he recounted stories of his adventures from his past and his amazing travels for all to hear.
Bierer was a wonderful husband, admired by all in his dedication to his marriage, home and life, and is survived by his beloved wife Sue Bierer, their daughter Kendall and son-in-law Christopher Wendel. He was a proud father of two from his first marriage with Kathleen Gellen; Tiffany Bierer and Debra Leatherman, along with her spouse Wesley, as well as a loving grandfather to their three children, Garett, Troy and Max. Bierer’s brother and sister, Glenn Bierer and Sandra Whitman, also mourn his loss.
A memorial service will be held in Bierer’s honor on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, located at 1003 Allendale Road in West Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brooke USA, a charity in honor of the equines that held his heart in Wellington. Visit www.brookeusa.org to learn more.