HAROLD MENOWITZ

MENOWITZ--Harold, of Bal Harbour, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 13. Beloved husband of Lila Pollock Menowitz, devoted father of Fred and Sue Menowitz and Carol Penn, grandfather of Marc and Elle Menowitz, Laurence and Jill Penn, Todd and Pam Menowitz, Jonathan and Lisa Penn, Valerie Penn, Jonathan and Lisa Hamburger, and Gregory and Edith Penn. Great- grandfather of 13. His first wife, Sophie Lefrak Menowitz, predeceased him in June 1979. Son of Carl and Florence Menowitz, he was born in New York on November 10, 1913. At the age of 17, he started, what became the largest manufacturing company of round belting used for sewing machines throughout the world, availing himself of the New York Public Library to learn the trade. As founder of the Menowitz organization in 1956, and subsequently its chairman emeritus, Harold became a real estate developer and investor building numerous multi-family and commercial properties in Brooklyn and Queens during the 1950's, 60's, and 70's. Settling in the Miami, Florida area in 1973, he became a prominent Miami area philanthropist. Especially devoted to numerous medical organizations, including Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach where he was a Founder, and funded the Breast Cancer Clinic of Mt. Sinai Hospital, which is regarded as the best such facility in the state of Florida, helped establish the new pediatric outpatient building at John's Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and having previously been an Associate Trustee at North Shore Hospital/LIJ where he started the Outpatient Transportation Service, providing free transportation for outpatients needing transportation to and from the hospital. Harold was a longtime donor of his time and money for over sixty years to the Anti-Defamation League. Charming, intelligent and a spell binding conversationalist, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A private service will be held graveside at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, on Wednesday, October 16. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his honor be made to the Visiting Nurse Service of NY Hospice Care, in appreciation of the wonderful work that they do.


Published in The New York Times on Oct. 15, 2013