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Leonard M. Baker, owner of Grant Candy Land; Feb. 1, 1941 -- Feb. 21, 2012

Leonard M. Baker of Kenmore, a former candy maker and operator of his own candy store, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 71.

Mr. Baker was born in Buffalo and lived most of his life in Kenmore, where he was a 1959 graduate of Kenmore West High School.

For 30 years, he was the owner and operator of Grant Candy Land on Hampshire and 15th streets on Buffalo's West Side, where he made all of his own candies. He closed the store in 2000. Between 1964 and 1989, he also worked as a pump operator for the Buffalo Sewer Authority.

Mr. Baker was an expert marksman and won many titles and awards in pistol competitions. He was a member and past president of the Mohawk Gun Club of the Town of Tonawanda.

He is survived by his wife, the former Theresa Adamo; two sons, Jay and Alan; and his mother, Gertrude Rosenfeld.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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