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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

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau – Trip to NY Botanical Gardens & the Bronx Zoo
Sep 22 all-day

Packages Start at $90.00. 

Proceeds benefit the Child Care Council of Orange County and Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau.

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Sep
24
Mon
2018
We Have Your 6 – Golf Fundraiser to Help Veterans with PTSD @ Wiltwyck Country Club
Sep 24 @ 8:30 am


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Oct
25
Thu
2018
Professional Advisors Seminar: What Every Advisor MUST Know: How to Help Your Clients Protect Their Assets @ William J. Larkin Conference Room
Oct 25 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Speakers: Marc Selden, J.D., LL.M., national recognized lecturer, Member: Cozen O’Connor, New York City, and Richard J. Shapiro, J.D., CELA.

This 2-credit charitable giving seminar, presented by the Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council, will teach  you everything you need to know about asset protection planning and how you can help your clients preserve and protect their assets.

Registration & Networking: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Buffet Dinner & Seminar: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Credits: Attorneys – 2 CLE credits*; CPAs – 2 CPE credits*

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*Credits are pending. This program is transitional and appropriate for experienced and newly admitted attorneys. The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York has been certified by the New York State Continuing Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. Full and partial scholarships based on need are available. All requests are confidential.  

Nov
14
Wed
2018
Annual Reception @ Anthony's Pier 9
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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