Ex-Station’s exec Leo Diamond passes away

Jan 3, 2006 2:46 AM

Leo "Uncle Leo" Diamond of Henderson, who traced his career at Station Casinos to the original Bingo Palace, passed away last week.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, the 79-year-old Diamond had lived in Southern Nevada for 33 years.

For 28 of those years, Diamond served as founding staff member and casino executive for Station Casinos, starting with a position at the Bingo Palace, which has evolved over the years into the Palace Station on west Sahara Avenue.

Former customers recall Diamond as a caring, thoughtful executive with a generous spirit, kind heart, caring nature and delightful sense of humor.

"He was the sweetest, most kind and gentle man I have had the privilege to meet," said Nancy Barnhard of Las Vegas. "I know his passing will leave a great emptiness in many people’s hearts."

Vicki "Steward" Quinn of Las Vegas adds that Diamond "made me feel like the most important person at that time in his world."

Diamond is survived by his wife of 43 years, Renee; children, Felice (Robert), Ilene, Cliff and Jana (Jay); five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.