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Leonard Mark Grinstead

June 6, 1962 ~ September 9, 2022 (age 60)


Lakeland - Leonard, Mark Grinstead died Friday, September 9, 2022 at Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland Florida after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He never 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 High School, then graduated in 1980 from Canfield High School and attended YSU after the family moved to Canfield.

Lenny enjoyed playing tennis, baseball, golf, and barbecuing, however, his biggest joy was music. He was a born drummer, starting lessons at the age of five. He played with many bands in the Youngstown area before moving to Lakeland Florida in 1985. He played top 40, country and classic rock with bands in and around Lakeland, such as the Sofa Kings, Fat Clemenza, Jelly Finger, and Lock, Stock & Barrel and was said to be the best drummer in Lakeland.

Lenny was loved and liked by everyone who knew him. He made an extra effort to be helpful and kind to people. If you needed help, Lenny was first in line. He will be greatly missed.

Lenny was employed by the Polk County Board of Education in motor and maintenance equipment repair, traveling to different schools, repairing anything from air conditioners to tractors.

When Lenny could no longer work, a benefit was held for him, and six bands came and played to support him. Special friends since the fourth grade at Taft school in Youngstown, who also live in Lakeland, Vince Del Colle and Jimmy Shipton, did everything they could to help him make his difficult journey easier. Ursula Colter was at his side to talk and listen and help Lenny in any way she could by caring deeply for him.

Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Patricia Grinstead of Canfield; his sister, Mary, P. Hubbard of Tipp City, OH; aunts, Margaret Novak of Campbell, and Nancy Jean Niemczura of Austintown; nephews, Bradley Grinstead of Arizona, Joe (Lauren) Cook of Pendleton, Indiana; and niece, Stephanie Fruchey of Anderson, Indiana, and his german shepherd, Buster.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard S. Grinstead on December 19, 2010.

Family and friends may call Sunday, Sept 25 from 3 to 6 PM at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

Prayers will be held on Monday, September 26 at 9:15 AM at the funeral home. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM at St Michael Church in Canfield. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Lenny in Lakeland in October.

In lieu of flowers, material tributes can take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society.

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Calling Hours
September 25, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Higgins - Reardon Funeral Homes
3701 Starr’s Centre Drive
Canfield, OH 44406

Funeral Service
September 26, 2022

9:15 AM
Higgins - Reardon Funeral Homes
3701 Starr’s Centre Drive
Canfield, OH 44406

Mass of Christian Burial
September 26, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Michael Church
300 N. Broad Street
Canfield, OH 44406

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