With great affection and love, we announce with sadness, the passing of our husband, father, grandfather— Leon Horn né Hirschhorn on May 6, 2018 in Miami, FL. Leon was born in Poland. He was the son of Benjamin and Adela Goldman Hirschhorn and brother of Isidore Hirschhorn, all deceased.
Leon Horn is survived by his wife, Muriel Bronstein Horn; daughter, Monica Horn; son Richard; son, Jonathan (Jenny). His grandchildren: Lauren, Shelby, Benjamin, and Jordan.
Leon spent his formative years in Poland where he and his family were caught up in the Nazi holocaust of WW2. His parents and his brother, and almost his entire extended family perished at the hands of Nazi persecutors in concentration camps. This was purely on the basis of their religious beliefs. Leon survived multiple concentration camps and near-death experiences repeatedly. A brief excerpt of his story, in his words, can be viewed at www.leonhorn.com. After the war ended and he made his escape from the final concentration camp, he made his way to Paris and then to NY.
In NY he met his wife, Muriel, in 1952. They moved to Brownsville, TX in 1953 where they raised a family of three children. Leon who fluently spoke five languages, learned Spanish in Brownsville and spoke fluently. With virtually no assistance and a proud US citizen all his life, Leon created businesses and employed dozens of employees in Brownsville over the years and was proud to contribute to his new country. His word was his bond and was never broken…neither was his will.
In spite of everything he lost as a young man, he was self-taught in business and had an indefatigable will to survive and succeed. His most treasured accomplishment and creation was his family who were a constant source of pride. He mentored many people who went on to create successful careers. Extremely generous to those not only close to him but to those in need, Leon was always ready with assistance.
His Jewish faith never wavered from his early devastating experiences of the Holocaust and he was extremely proud of his Jewish faith. The amount of animosity from those now who wish to blame their own woes and resurrect old wounds towards the Jewish people and other faiths, was a constant source of sadness to him and he could never understand that hatred.
His continued journey to reconnect with his brother, mother, and father and loved ones lost is a wonderful source of light to his family. The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Blue Card, which assists destitute holocaust survivors at, 171 Madison Ave. Ste. 1405, NY, NY 10016 or Temple Beth-El, 24 Coveway St., Brownsville, TX 78521.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Hebrew Cemetery, Corner of East 2nd and East Madison St., Brownsville, TX.
Leon's passing is a loss also for all of us who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family who were blessed to have such a special husband, father, and grandfather.
Denise JosephBrownsville, TX
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend; your father, husband and grandfather. He will be truly missed. May cherished memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our condolences to the entire family.
Terese and Mark Roberts
Terese RobertsBrownsville, TX