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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
11
Thu
2019
Summer Concert Series – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Church Park
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 28 @ 8:30 pm

Join us for a concert on the green every Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty of the village. 

Sep
13
Fri
2019
7th Annual Spirit, Beer & Wine Fundraiser @ Downtown Barn
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This event benefits the Liberty Rotary Club Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. 

Sponsor levels:

Top Shelf – $500 or more

Premium – $250-$499

Stout – $100-$249

Pilsner – $50-$99

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Trotter Auction – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Limoncello at the Orange Inn
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come bid on your favorite horses to benefit both our local artists and our local programs. 

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Fall Ball – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Stagecoach Inn
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for our cocktail party fundraiser in the newly renovated space at the Stagecoach Inn. The restaurant will be closed to the public during this event to allow for dancing, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 

Early bird ticket pricing:
$110 Single Ticket
$200 Couple

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Fall Festival – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Myron Urbanski Memorial Park
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Featuring our first ever kickball tournament, art walk, pumpkin carving and more! 

Ticket pricing to follow.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Village of Goshen Tree Lighting – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Church Park
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm

Featuring music, kids’ activities, carolers, readings and more! 

Dec
31
Tue
2019
New Year’s Eve Family Fun Festival @ TBD
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring music, children’s activities and a 9:00 PM ball drop.

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