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6050 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: 609-625-2324
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Leonard Nelson

Leonard Richard Nelson

Tuesday, January 19th, 1960 - Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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Leonard R Nelson 60, of Atlantic City New Jersey, passed away Saturday May 9th 2020. Born in Vineland, New Jersey, raised in Richland and attended the local schools. He exceeded academically and was very involved in the wrestling community.

During his wrestling career he was known as “Lemmon" Nelson for his love of lemon pies. He was a two-time 6th and 7th District Regional champion of Buena Regional High. In his senior year he finished third in the state. He was loved by his coach Mickey Caprice and wife, Doris and was an integral part of their family.

Leonard also had an offer of a naval appointment on graduation.

Leonard loved helping others. He was the first to offer when a friend needed moving or other such help. Leonard often distributed pantry and home cooked food to those in need in the Atlantic City area.

Leonard loved watching old Westerns, all sports and especially football. He was certainly a
die-hard Cowboy fan. He appreciated his wife's cooking and was a bit of a foodie.

Leonard attended Wilkes University; a division one school; where his accolades included a full scholarship and he finished as an All-American in his senior year.

He was inducted into Buena's wrestling Hall of Fame.

He went on to develop a career in the food and beverage industry. He worked for Harrah's in the" Meadow's" restaurant where he met his wife Deborah. They were partners at work as well as in life. He also worked at Rossi's and the Epic Buffet at The Sands Casino till its closure.

The main focus of his career was the Banquet and Convention industry in Atlantic City. He opened the Atlantic City Convention Center in 1989 and was there till his departure. He was on the Chain Gang Banquet Team where he was noted for exemplary work and service. He was also known for his tireless efforts and relationships with clients and he was well-loved. Leonard also worked for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, the Taj Mahal, and Harrah's in their Banquet Department's.

He was nominated for the Atlantic City Casino Host Awards in 2005.

He leaves his wife Deborah (nee Zeldes) of 35 years. He was predeceased by his father Archie Snr. and mother, Rose. He was also predeceased by brothers Archie Jr. (Louise)and Bryant. His siblings include Jessie Mae, George, Roland (Marie), Patricia, Kenneth (Joyce ), Marvella (Windsor), Valerie, Roger (Brenda)and Marlene. He was blessed with a crew of nieces and nephews that stretched from New Jersey to Baltimore, Connecticut and Maine; as well as Lethbridge Alberta. He was well loved.

Due to necessary covid19 compliance a memorial service will be held at a later time to celebrate Leonard's life.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent. You may leave condolences or share a special memory using the "memory wall" tab above this obituary, or contact Deborah Zeldes Nelson. We like to thank all for the lovely cards, letters and words of support and sympathy at this difficult time.
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Private Condolence

Jim Lambropoulos

Posted at 09:15am
To Debbie and the entire Nelson Family,
I am sad to hear of the passing of Lenny and I send my sympathy to all of you.
In the last 23 years, I worked with Lenny on many occasions side by side at the Atlantic City Convention Center as well as the Boardwalk Hall. I speak from my experience of 45 years in the hospitality industry both in Chicago, IL and Atlantic City, NJ working at some of the top and exclusive restaurants that without a doubt, he was the best partner I ever had. The Convention Center will be empty without him!!!
Rest in Peace Lenny, May Your Memory Be Eternal.
Your friend and co-worker, Jim L.

Annette (DiMauro) Albert

Posted at 10:31am
To the entire Nelson Family,

My deepest condolences on your loss. I went to school with Lenny at BRHS and remember him so fondly. Always quick with a warm and friendly smile, and sharing his precious sense of humor. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Annette (DiMauro) Albert

Dawn Marie Bryant

Posted at 11:01pm

Im so sorry to hear about the loss of.your husband n my good Friend Lenny.. He will be greatly missed.. He was great friend with a big loving heart with an amazing sense of humor who always made someone laugh no matter there mood.. Again my deepest condolences

Danielle boucher

Posted at 10:21am
I will never forget his laughter. He was my mom's best friend . I remember ALWAYS jumping on his back and him ALWAYS playing with me I truely love him your flying with the angels and will never be forgotten. Always in my heart i love you lenny

Bruce Mallory

Posted at 09:45pm
Love you ALL Nelson Family. He is my Brother! My prayers are with you each!

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