Leonard Kempinski was born in Poland in about 1915. He served in the Polish Air Force during WWII and settled in Britain. After the death of his wife, he moved to Spain and began buying up property, including a villa near Amos Brearly. He made money by being a tax exile. While in Spain he met and then became friends with Amos, who had bought a villa in December 1991.
Leonard Kempinksi came to Beckindale in December 1992 with his friend Amos. Annie Sugden invited him back with her and stayed with the Sugden family for Christmas. Leonard was treated with disdain by Annie's sons Jack and Joe as they thought he was after her money. It transpired Leonard was wealthy himself, a tax exile.
In October 1993, Leonard married Annie. Annie had never thought that at 73 years old she would be remarried. In December 1993, Annie and Leonard planned a trip to Spain. As Joe was driving them out of the village towards the airport, a burning piece of wreckage from a passenger jet hit Joe's Rover. Leonard told Joe to look out and Joe swerved but crashed into a ditch at the side of the road. Leonard suffered head injuries and died instantly. Joe and Annie survived.