In the early hours of November 16, 2013, Calico’s founding father, Leonard Wurzel, passed away, at age 95, following a short battle with lung cancer.
Born in Philadelphia in 1918, he graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1939, and received a Harvard MBA in 1941. He was drafted into the US Army where he rose to the rank of Captain and served as an Assistant Adjutant General in the United States European Theater Headquarters in London and Paris. In 1945 he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in connection with military operations. In May of 2013, he was bestowed the Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the Consul General of France.
Leonard married Elaine Cohen in 1949 and they moved to Sands Point, NY in 1953 with sons, Mark and Larry. Leonard started with the Loft Candy Corporation in 1946 and was President from 1957 until 1964. Leonard also served as President of Retail Confectioners International and the Association of Manufacturers of Confectionery and Chocolate. In 1964 he founded Calico Cottage and retired from Calico in 1992.
Leonard was deeply involved in his community and became the Mayor of the Village of Sands Point in 1989 and served for 22 years. Upon his retirement as Mayor, he continued serving the Village as Special Assistant to the Mayor until his recent death.
Leonard possessed a warm and generous heart, the highest level of integrity, and a marvelous sense of humor. His legacy will live on at Calico.
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