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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

Jul
3
Mon
2017
Office Closed
Jul 3 all-day
Jul
4
Tue
2017
Independence Day – Office Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
9
Sun
2017
The Matthew R. Bertholf Scholarship Fund Horseshoe Tournament @ Neversink Firemen's Pavilion
Jul 9 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

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The tournament will be followed by a BBQ lunch.

Jul
12
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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.

Jul
17
Mon
2017
Sullivan County Scholarship Reception @ The Arnold House
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

New this year!

By invitation only.

In honor of the 2017 scholarship recipients, their families and all donors who made these scholarships possible, we welcome you to attend one or both of this year’s receptions. 

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Monday, July 10

Jul
27
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center - Larkin Conference Room
Jul 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY. The 2017 Scholarship Reception will immediately follow this meeting at 5:00PM.

2017 Scholarship Reception @ Village of Montgomery Senior Center
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Aug
5
Sat
2017
The 4th Annual Copper Bowl @ The Country Club at Otterkill
Aug 5 all-day
Aug
11
Fri
2017
CD Trips: Yankee vs. Red Sox
Aug 11 all-day
Aug
12
Sat
2017
3rd Annual Yankees Baseball Benefit Trip for the Robert Van Etten, Jr. Fund
Aug 12 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

Red Sox vs Yankees
August 12, 2017, Saturday 4:05 PM
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Itinerary*
11:30 am Depart Liberty Darbee Lane Parking Lot
Pickups in Monticello, Rock Hill, Wurtsboro, Circleville & Monroe
2:00 pm Arrive at Yankee Stadium
4:05 pm PLAY BALL – Red Sox vs Yankees
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10:30 pm Return to Liberty
*Itinerary subject to change depending on when game ends and traffic volume
All packages include: R/T Motor Coach, ticket to game, CD Trips
snack pack, CD Trips onboard guide, feature movie, games &
giveaways, bus driver gratuity and lots of fun. Optional Last Licks
Boxed Lunch (Add $12).
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