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After a brief illness, Les passed away on April 26, 2014, with his family by his side, at Legacy House (a Hospice facility in Ocala, Florida). He was a very special person to all who knew and loved him. He was known for his humor, his logic, his kind and thoughtful personality, his fairness, his grace, and his love of family. Les was also known for his kind and gentle advice and willingness to help others. He immigrated to the United States in 1956 from Budapest, Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution. Les began his working career as a cart boy at Park Edge Supermarket in South Buffalo, New York, working his way up to manager and eventually becoming warehouse manager for Tops Markets in Buffalo. A career change brought Les to Gaymar Industries, Inc., a medical manufacturing company in Orchard Park, New York, where he worked for over 20 years, received a degree in logistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and retired as Director of Operations in 2005. Les served in the United States Army as an Airborne Army Ranger from 1965 to 1969. While his duties took him to many parts of the globe he was based in Korea. He also served two years in the Army Reserves where he taught Military Justice. His love of flying was expressed through his expertise in both building and flying radio-controlled planes as well as piloting various small personal aircraft. Les developed a love of hockey and was an avid fan. He and his family held season tickets for the Buffalo Sabres for many years. His son, Les Kuntar, an accomplished hockey player, was a goalie for the Montreal Canadaiens. He had a strong love of all music, especially classical music, instrumental, and operatic music. Above all, Les cherished his relationships with family: his wife Ruth (Sorger-Fortini), his son, Les (Faye Rich), and his daughters, Kelly (Lou Violanti), and Kristin (Lenny Mekarski). He was lovingly known as Grandpa Les to grandsons Trevor and Cameron and as Poppie to grandchildren Sophia, Louie, and Noah. Les’ smile certainly changed our world, while never letting the world change his smile. He is sadly missed. Those who wish to remember Les can do so through the Legacy House, Hospice of Marion County, at 222.hospiceofmarion.com or by calling (352)873-7400.
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