In memory of
Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal
In memory of
Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal
Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal, 87 S.I. dentist, passionate sports fan Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal a life-long Staten Islander, passed away peacefully in his Palm Beach Gardens home on January 2nd, 2020, at the end of a wonderful life. He was just shy of his 88th birthday. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Helene, and his twin brother, Donald. For nearly 40 years, Ron was well-known on the North Shore of the island as a successful dentist and an active member of the community. Ron and Don were born to Helen and Michael Leventhal on January 16, 1933. Best friends their whole lives, Ronnie and Donnie attended Curtis High School where they played varsity basketball, then attended Lafayette College together, both graduating from University of Pennsylvania Dental School. Ron worked weekends to make extra money in his dad's shoe stores -- Michael's Shoes in Port Richmond. On a blind date, Ron met Helene Cohen, and they were married in 1955. It was the beginning of an amazing partnership in their shared commitment to family, community, and each other. After dental school, Ron did a stint in the Air Force in Myrtle Beach, SC before he and Helene and their growing family returned to settle in Grymes Hill, Westerleigh and eventually Todt Hill. Ron opened up his dental practice in 1960 on the North Shore, Don opened his on the South Shore. Ron was passionate about sports. As an adult he played basketball, softball, and tennis until he found his true calling on the golf course. Every Friday for decades he would play rounds with his large group of friends. After growing up playing ball at the Jewish Community Center in Silver Lake, he became active in its development, serving on its Board of Directors for many years, and as President from 1980-to-1982. Under his leadership, the JCC opened its South Shore facility, the Family Park and other projects. He coached basketball for many years, and made sure that his kids grew up with the same sense of community on Staten Island that he enjoyed. He and Helene were honored by UJA Federation in 1980 and were recipients of the Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award in 1996. They retired to Palm Beach Gardens in 1993 and enjoyed great friends and more golf. His family grew larger, adding six granddaughters, and eventually great-grandchildren. Along with Don's kids, the family grew even closer -- becoming a self-described "tribe"of Leventhals. Ron and Don enjoyed being the anchors for this loving clan. They looked forward to getting together for holiday meals, and "reminiscing". Ron knew how to tell a story - always with a twinkle in his eye. He will be remembered forever by family and friends for his warmth and his mischievous sense of humor. Ronnie and Donnie stories will be told by all for years to come. Ron is survived by his children and their spouses, Dr. Bob Leventhal (Francine), Susan Calderwood (Dana), and Karen Zucker (David). He was adored by his six granddaughters Sara (Jared), Melanie (Jarred), Carly (Josh), Hallie, Emmy and Izzy, great-grandchildren Liam, Hazel, Ezra and Wells, his nephews David, Paul and Andy, their spouses and their children. The family requests that donations in Ron's memory be made to the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island. sijcc.formstack.com/forms/donation_form
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In memory of
Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal
Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal, 87 S.I. dentist, passionate sports fan Dr. Ronald S. Leventhal a life-long Staten Islander, passed away peacefully in his Palm Beach Gardens home on January 2nd, 2020, at the end of a wonderful life. He was just shy of his 88th birthday. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Helene, and his twin brother, Donald. For nearly 40 years, Ron was well-known on the North Shore of the island as a successful dentist and an active member of the community. Ron and Don were born to Helen and Michael Leventhal on January 16, 1933. Best friends their whole lives, Ronnie and Donnie attended Curtis High School where they played varsity basketball, then attended Lafayette College together, both graduating from University of Pennsylvania Dental School. Ron worked weekends to make extra money in his dad's shoe stores -- Michael's Shoes in Port Richmond. On a blind date, Ron met Helene Cohen, and they were married in 1955. It was the beginning of an amazing partnership in their shared commitment to family, community, and each other. After dental school, Ron did a stint in the Air Force in Myrtle Beach, SC before he and Helene and their growing family returned to settle in Grymes Hill, Westerleigh and eventually Todt Hill. Ron opened up his dental practice in 1960 on the North Shore, Don opened his on the South Shore. Ron was passionate about sports. As an adult he played basketball, softball, and tennis until he found his true calling on the golf course. Every Friday for decades he would play rounds with his large group of friends. After growing up playing ball at the Jewish Community Center in Silver Lake, he became active in its development, serving on its Board of Directors for many years, and as President from 1980-to-1982. Under his leadership, the JCC opened its South Shore facility, the Family Park and other projects. He coached basketball for many years, and made sure that his kids grew up with the same sense of community on Staten Island that he enjoyed. He and Helene were honored by UJA Federation in 1980 and were recipients of the Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award in 1996. They retired to Palm Beach Gardens in 1993 and enjoyed great friends and more golf. His family grew larger, adding six granddaughters, and eventually great-grandchildren. Along with Don's kids, the family grew even closer -- becoming a self-described "tribe"of Leventhals. Ron and Don enjoyed being the anchors for this loving clan. They looked forward to getting together for holiday meals, and "reminiscing". Ron knew how to tell a story - always with a twinkle in his eye. He will be remembered forever by family and friends for his warmth and his mischievous sense of humor. Ronnie and Donnie stories will be told by all for years to come. Ron is survived by his children and their spouses, Dr. Bob Leventhal (Francine), Susan Calderwood (Dana), and Karen Zucker (David). He was adored by his six granddaughters Sara (Jared), Melanie (Jarred), Carly (Josh), Hallie, Emmy and Izzy, great-grandchildren Liam, Hazel, Ezra and Wells, his nephews David, Paul and Andy, their spouses and their children. The family requests that donations in Ron's memory be made to the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island. sijcc.formstack.com/forms/donation_form
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