LAKELAND, Fla. — Leonard Mark Grinstead, 60, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Lakeland Regional Hospital, after a brave battle with pancreatic most cancers. He by no means gave up hope.
Lenny was born June 6, 1962, in Youngstown, a son of Leonard S. and Patricia A. Jacobson Grinstead. He attended Woodrow Wilson Excessive Faculty, graduated in 1980 from Canfield Excessive Faculty and attended Youngstown State College after the household moved to Canfield.
Lenny loved enjoying tennis, baseball, golf and barbecuing; nevertheless, his greatest pleasure was music. He was a born drummer, beginning classes on the age of 5. He performed with many bands within the Youngstown space earlier than transferring to Lakeland, Fla. in 1985. He performed prime 40, nation and basic rock with bands in and round Lakeland, such because the Couch Kings, Fats Clemenza, Jelly Finger, and Lock, Inventory & Barrel, and was mentioned to be the most effective drummer in Lakeland.
Lenny was beloved and appreciated by everybody who knew him. He made an additional effort to be useful and sort to folks. When you wanted assist, Lenny was first in line. He shall be tremendously missed.
Lenny was employed by the Polk County Board of Training in motor and upkeep tools restore, touring to completely different colleges, repairing something from air conditioners to tractors.
When Lenny may not work, a profit was held for him and 6 bands got here and performed to help him. Particular associates because the fourth grade at Taft Faculty in Youngstown, who additionally dwell in Lakeland, Vince Del Colle and Jimmy Shipton, did every part they might to assist him make his troublesome journey simpler. Ursula Colter was at his facet to speak and hear and assist Lenny in any approach she may by caring deeply for him.
Left to cherish his reminiscence, is his mom, Patricia Grinstead of Canfield; his sister, Mary, P. Hubbard of Tipp Metropolis; aunts, Margaret Novak of Campbell and Nancy Jean Niemczura of Austintown; nephews, Bradley Grinstead of Arizona and Joe (Lauren) Prepare dinner of Pendleton, Ind.; niece, Stephanie Fruchey of Anderson, Ind.; and his German shepherd, Buster.
Household and associates could name from 3 to six p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Houses, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.
Prayers shall be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, on the funeral dwelling. A Mass of Christian Burial shall be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Church in Canfield. Burial will happen in Calvary Cemetery.
A celebration of life shall be held for Lenny in Lakeland in October.
In lieu of flowers, materials tributes can take the type of donations to the American Most cancers Society at www.most cancers.org.