Dr. Leonard Posner
1917-2014 PITTSFIELD Dr. Leonard Posner of Pittsfield, Boca Raton, Fla., and originally Brooklyn, N.Y., passed peacefully on May 6, with his wife of 73 years, Shirley, and daughters by his side. Dr. Posner was 96 years old, born on June 15, 1917. Dr. Posner is survived by his wife, children Amy Salomon, Lesley and Martin Robins; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Among other things, Leonard Posner had a life long passion for the Berkshires. From his childhood days as a camper and counsler at Camp Winadu, where he met his wife, to his middle years in ophthalmology practice with Dr. John Galt and his summers of retirement on Lake Onota, Leonard Posner will forever have left his mark on this beautiful countryside. Dr. Posner retired from a thriving ophthalmology practice in Brooklyn to a part-time practice in Pittsfield. Many local children and adults, alike, will remember looking forward to seeing the eye doctor because Dr. Posner had an uncanny knack for infusing even the most mundane experiences with humor. He was also an avid golfer and an active member of the Pittsfield Country Club. As he aged, when he would reflect back on his days playing golf, it was not his handicap or tournament wins that he most cherished, but instead the friends and quality relationships he built on the course that were sustained well beyond the greens. In addition to golf, Lenoard Posner was an avid sports fan. Once a season ticket holder to the New York Rangers and Brooklyn Dodgers, he spent countless hours enjoying sports and even perserving as a Mets' fan for more than 45 years. While Dr. Posner will be remembered for many things, his family and loved ones will remember him as a fiercly loyal leader, a man committed to his family, and a man who was strong enough and fearless enough to open his mind to a changed world view as new experiences presented themselves. Husband, father, grandpa, and GGpa, we will dearly miss your humor and your loving kindess every day.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 9, 2014