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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

May
1
Mon
2017
6th Annual Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation Golf Event @ Blue Hill Golf Course
May 1 @ 12:00 pm

Our Signature Event Raising Funds For AVM Research

Lunch and Dinner

Silent Auction, Raffles and Short Program

May
9
Tue
2017
Professional Advisor Seminar @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center
May 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan’s Professional Advisors Council will host an educational seminar and networking event for accountants, attorneys, financial advisors, and insurance representatives on May 9, 2017. The seminar will feature speakers from the NY State Attorney General’s Office and the NY State Office of Taxation & Finance. It will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m., in the Larkin Conference Room, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY.

Pending approval, the seminar will offer two Continuing Legal Education or Continuing Professional Education credits for attorneys and accountants.

Sandra Giorno-Tocco, from the Attorney General’s office will talk about “The Role of the Attorney General in Detecting and Investigating Fraud, Embezzlement, and Diversion of Charitable Assets.” Afterwards, Mwisa Chisunka will provide an Inside Look at the NY State Tax Office, and provide a detailed discussion on estate taxes.

The event includes a buffet dinner. The cost is $35 for members of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and $40 for non-members. Full and partial scholarships, based on need, are available.  To register online visit http://cfosny.org/event, or call Sarah at (845) 769-9393.


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This seminar is sponsored by Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein LLP; Orange County Bank & Trust; Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone Attorneys at Law; Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC; and The Misner Agency, Inc. co-Sponsors include the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties, a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY.

May
17
Wed
2017
Hudson Valley Gives @ Hudson Valley
May 17 all-day

Hudson Valley Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Hudson Valley Gives is an initiative of Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. Visit the event website for more details.

May
25
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting and Annual Retreat @ TBD
May 25 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY. This is our Annual Board Retreat and more details will follow.

May
29
Mon
2017
Memorial Day – Office Closed
May 29 all-day
Jun
3
Sat
2017
Marcello’s Miracle Foundation evening of FUN! @ The Birchwood
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm

Tickets are $45 per person

-Buffet Dinner

-50/50 Raffles

-Silent Auction

-Tricky Tray

All proceeds go directly to Marcello’s Miracle Foundation
*Donations are tax deductible

Jun
15
Thu
2017
CFOS Finance Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Jun 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Jun
21
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Jun 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Jul
4
Tue
2017
Independence Day – Office Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
12
Wed
2017
CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

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