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Phil Leon 1927–2010

Phil Leon of Grosse Pointe MI, a Platinum Life Master with more than 18,000 masterpoints, died Sept. 22 from a stroke. He was 83.

Leon, whose career specialty was interior design and decoration, served for many years on the board of the Michigan Bridge Association, including two terms as president and several as tournament chairman. On the national level, Leon was a member of the ACBL Board of Governors and was a longtime co-chair of the National Appeals Committee.

Friend Clarke Cunningham said, “Phil’s true passion was music. He actively supported the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre and counted many talented musicians and performers among his closest friends, most notably the recently deceased pianist Leonard Pennario (also a bridge player). He adored Wagner and made many pilgrimages to the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. Phil also supported the Detroit Institute of Arts and was himself a talented oil painter.

“Phil was more than a mere personality, he was a local phenomenon, and as such is irreplaceable.”