With great sadness we inform you of the untimely passing of Leibel ben Peretz Halevi a.k.a Gary Braut of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Gary was born and raised in Crown Heights, attended Talmud Torah at Reinitz Yeshiva on Troy Avenue (now Oholei Torah Mesivta).
Approximately 25 years ago, Gary moved to Hong Kong where he established Precision Automotive Industries, and that is where he came into contact with Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon, then a young Shliach himself. Gary rediscovered his Jewish roots and became an ardent lover of the Rebbe and his many Shluchim.
After moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he expanded his auto remanufacturing business of alternators and starters, Gary established a local Jewish library, brought Tmimim to help him make public Seders for the few Jews of Malaysia, and helped bring Merkos Shluchim to Malaysia and Indonesia where he had another facility.
Through his business travels, he came into contact with many Shluchim and helped numerous people and Chabad Houses.
Gary was a "larger than life person" , a forward thinker way ahead of his times, and an amazing and affectionate personality, with a bursting love of Yiddishkeit and attachment to the Rebbe.
He was in Beijing, China where he recently attended the China Auto Show and was close to Rabbi Shimon Fruendlich. On Shabbos morning, while in a local hospital for some general tests, he suffered a sudden heart attack and passed away.
Rabbis Mordechai Avtzon and Shimon Fruendlich, together with with Gary's personal Rav, Rabbi Lazer Avtzon, are coordinating with the family to bring his body for burial, hopefully later this week, to the family plot at the Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, alongside his father.
An update with the time and place of his burial will be provided once it is known.
Hamokom Yenachem eschem b'soch she'ar aveilei Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehokeetzu v'ranenu shochnay ofor vehu besochom miyad mamosh!