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About Oscar B. Greenleaf

Oscar B. Greenleaf March 27, 1905 - January 14, 2003

Oscar B. Greenleaf
March 27, 1905 – January 14, 2003

Oscar Benton Greenleaf was born on March 27, 1905 in the Village of Otisville, NY, in the home of his grandparents, Andrew and Etta Bailey Craig.

His father, Oscar Shaw Greenleaf, was a proprietor of the Greenleaf Hotel and Livery in Otisville, an important business to the community at the time. The family was among the early settlers in the Town of Mt. Hope. Shortly after Oscar’s birth, his father bought a very large Victorian home on State Street, where Oscar lived for most of his life.

After graduating from Otisville High School, a family friend arranged for Oscar to work as a bellboy at an exclusive Florida resort, Atlantis-by-the Sea. Later, Oscar and a friend signed on to work aboard the transatlantic passenger liner, the President Garfield, also as bellboys. They spent time in both England and France: quite an education for a young man from the country.

Oscar began his working career with a New York Telephone Company as a laborer, setting poles, at a time when the holes were hand-dug. Afterwards, he joined Rockland Light and Power Company, one of the predecessor companies of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

In these years, he sold electricity to the many farms in the region and ran line extensions into the rural areas. In the prime of his business career, he was active in the affairs of the community, serving on the board of the Port Jervis Hospital, and also on county and local development boards. He retired in 1970 as a Commercial Manager of the Port Jervis, NY/Milford, PA. Utility operation.

In 1984, Oscar sold his Otisville house and moved to a much smaller, ranch-style house in Port Jervis. In March 1993, during a severe blizzard, his home and contents were destroyed by fire in the middle of the night. He managed to escape with just a flashlight, bedroom slippers and a robe.

At age 87, he rebuilt his home, almost exactly, and remained there until his death at age 97.

Oscar was an intensely private person. He was quietly generous in his private and personal philanthropy but only to those issues and matters on which he felt strongly.

He was an ordinary person with extraordinary goals: to live life to its fullest, and give so that others could learn. His bequest has made it possible for children in Port Jervis to enjoy scholarships not only now, but in perpetuity. His goodwill will live on forever because of his gift to the Community Foundation.

The Greenleaf Legacy Society is now something you can be part of, too. Just like Oscar Greenleaf, anyone can leave a lasting gift to benefit the charity of their choice.

Live well. Give well. Become a member of the Greenleaf Legacy Society, and like Oscar Greenleaf, you can leave a lasting legacy too. 

Upcoming Events

Feb
22
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Executive Committee Members ONLY.

Mar
12
Sun
2017
St. Pat’s Ramble Grand Marshal Cocktail Reception @ Ward's Bridge Inn
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Village of Montgomery St. Pat’s Ramble Committee is proud to announce the selection of Pat Pskowski as the 2017 St. Pat’s Ramble Grand Marshal. Please join us in congratulating Pat. A cocktail reception will be held in her honor. 

Reservations required in advance. 

Hors d’oeuvres / Cash bar

To reserve your reception tickets, please contact the event organizer. 

Mar
17
Fri
2017
Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Grant Application Deadline
Mar 17 all-day

This is the deadline for applications to be submitted and accepted by the Community Foundation. For more information please contact the event contact. For the downloadable application please visit the website URL. 

Mar
18
Sat
2017
2017 Run for the Gold 5K @ Village of Montgomery
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am
Mar
23
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center - Larkin Conference Room
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY.

Apr
4
Tue
2017
Fund Representative Workshop & Dinner @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center - Larkin Conference Room
Apr 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This workshop is for:

  • Current Fund Representatives (and friends and families who help raise money for your fund)
  • Prospective Fund Representatives
  • Your Board Members
  • Your Volunteers

Please come for all or part of the session to learn about:

  • Investment Performance
  • How to cultivate legacy and other “non-traditional” gifts – now AND later
  • New ways to “grow” your fund, including donor-initiated fundraising events, fundraising trips, jewelry parties, and more
  • GiveGab online fundraising platform
  • Hudson Valley Gives 24-hour online giving event on May 17

RSVP by March 23 to admin@cfosny.org or call 845-769-9393 with names & contact information (phone & email)

Please RSVP so that we may plan for sufficient materials and food. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Apr
5
Wed
2017
CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Distribution Committee Members ONLY.

CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Distribution Committee Members ONLY.

Apr
20
Thu
2017
CFOS Finance Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Finance Committee Members ONLY.

Apr
26
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Executive Committee Members ONLY.

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