|Lenny Dean (1926-2007)
65 years with Lionel
Leonard “Lenny” Dean, Sr., the man who has been called a “Lionel Legend,” passed away Monday, July 16th at age 81. As the official Lionel Trains “Goodwill Ambassador,” Lenny was known world-wide throughout the toy train hobby as “Lenny the Lion” and “Mr. Lionel.”
Former Lionel Trains Chairman Richard P. Kughn said, “Lenny was an icon of Lionel. He was loved by everyone and was a great asset of the hobby. The hobby will miss him. He was a member of not only the Lionel family, but also our family.”
Classic Toy Trains magazine in a 2003 two-part article printed, “Service defines longtime Lionel employee Lenny Dean.”
An idea man, Lenny began in customer service and in the mid-1960’s became extensively involved in new product development. He was responsible for countless new Lionel products. In later years he served as the Lionel Ambassador to train shows and conventions throughout the U.S.
Joining the old Lionel Corporation in 1942, Lenny spent 65 years with the company. He served in the U.S. Army during in World War II 1944-1945. Long-time residents of Bloomfield, NJ, Lenny and Marie, his wife of almost 60-years, had lived in Brick, NJ since 2002. He is survived by his four children and 11 grandchildren.