When Leonard Nimoy was laid to rest on Sunday morning during an intimate service, the Star Trek actor’s rabbi remembered his longtime friend in a touching eulogy.
“He was unflappably honest and warmhearted. He embodied integrity and decency. He was humble and a gentleman,” Rabbi John L. Rosove said about Nimoy at the funeral, according to a blog post he shared on ReformJudaism.org.
Married 26 years to Susan Bay at the time of his death, “Leonard shared with me that he had never met a woman like her, never had he loved anyone so dearly and passionately, that she’d saved his life and lifted him from darkness and unhappiness in ways he never thought possible,” said Rosove.
The star, who is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock, died at the age of 83 on Friday after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. At the time of his death, “his family had gathered around him in a ring of love,” according to Rosove, who is Bay’s first cousin. “Leonard smiled, and then he was gone. It was a gentle passing.”
Nimoy is survived by Bay – who “imagines that he beheld his beloved cocker spaniel Molly, an angelic presence in life and now in death,” according to Rosove – and his children and grandchildren.
Said Rosove of Nimoy’s relationship with his wife, “In loving you he learned how to love his own children and grandchildren more deeply, and he came to recognize that his family was his greatest treasure and gift.”