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North Country Association for the Visually Impaired Executive Director Amy Kretser tries on a pair of Tina Leonard’s eSight glasses on Nov. 18. Leonard, a Lake Placid real estate broker who died in September at the age of 63, used the $10,000 glasses for a short time until she lost all of her sight. Seen here at Leonard’s McKinley Street office are her husband Joe Leonard and daughter, Daci Shenfield. The family donated the glasses to NVACI. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — Tina Leonard wasn’t physically in her tiny McKinley Street home office on Thursday, Nov. 18, but on this rainy day, with blue jays calling outside the screen door, you could feel her presence.

The former real estate broker died unexpectedly on Sept. 26 at the age of 63. A poster from the funeral with her image — wearing a pink coat over a black turtleneck and holding a white cane — leans against the wall. There’s a Bible passage from Corinthians 13 printed on it.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

To Tina’s left is her husband, Joe, his arm leaning against a forest green wall with several of Tina’s real estate awards on it. And there’s a wooden plaque: “Mom: A son’s first love, daughter’s first friend.”

A blue face mask barely covers Joe’s gray beard as he looks down at his daughter, Daci Shenfield, sitting in her mother’s office chair. She’s behind the nerve center of …….


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