Leonard Shriber, a long-time Verona realtor and redeveloper, passed away suddenly on May 19, 2016.
A Pittsburgh native, he led an accessories firm in California for two decades. Shriber moved to Verona in 1999 and joined Prudential Janett Real Estate. Known widely around town as Lenny, he became an agent, manager and team leader at the firm for more than 15 years as it transitioned to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, earning many Circle of Excellence Awards from the West Essex Board of Realtors.
As a redeveloper, Shriber transformed many Verona homes, most notably the Hiram Cook House that overlooks Verona Park. The Carpenter Gothic-style residence was built in 1884 by the man who later donated all the land for the Park. When it was listed in 2010, it was in such dire shape that many Verona history lovers feared it might be razed. Shriber assembled a team that carried out a loving renovation that preserved many of the home’s original details, from its ornate plaster ceilings to its fanciful arched windows.
Beyond real estate, Shriber was an active member of the Verona Lions Club, and supported many charitable and civic causes, like Project Graduation.
Shriber is survived by his wife Mary, four children and four grandchildren. There will be a visitation with the family and funeral services on Monday, May 23, at Shook Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove. The visitation will begin at noon, with the funeral service at 1 p.m. You can read Shriber’s obituary and sign the book of condolences on Shook’s Website.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Shriber’s honor to the Sunshine Kids, a non-profit organization committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.