Leon J. Goldman, 77, former owner and operator of Leon's Men's Shop, a clothing store in Washington, died of cancer Saturday at the Washington Home Hospice.

Mr. Goldman was born in Baltimore and grew up there. He served in the Navy in World War I and moved to Washington in the early 1920s.

He opened his store at that time and operated it until 1938, when he sold it to a member of his family and acquired a liquor store. In 1941, he went back to the clothing store and continued to run the business until 1958, when he again sold it. For the next two years, he worked part-time in various clothing and liquor stores and then retired.

Mr. Goldman lived in Washington until 1966, when he moved to Arlington.

He was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel, which is now in Rockville, the Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge and the Felix Frankfurther Lodge of B'nai B'rith.

For about 10 years, he was a volunteer in the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, working in its soda shop and elsewhere. For this work he received an award from the home and another from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Montgomery County.

Mr. Goldman's survivors include his wife, Florence L., of Arlington; a son, Mark H., also of Arlington; two sisters, Lenora Shuman and Esther Bonnett, both of Silver Spring, and one grandson.