Leonard (Lee) B. Franzman
June 20, 2021
After a courageous ten-year battle with breast cancer, Leonard (Lee) B. Franzman passed away peacefully on June 20, 2021.
Lee was enthusiastic about improving the lives of young people through education and sports. He spent 40 years as a middle school math and science teacher in the Meriden and Milford, Connecticut Public Schools as well as over two decades as the head girls' basketball coach at Milford High School, Foran High School, Jonathan Law High School and Amity Regional High School. Lee created a strong bond with his students and players and considered them part of his extended family.
With a passion for sports, especially basketball, Lee co-founded the Eastern Basketball Camp, an overnight camp in Moodus, Connecticut, which taught both girls and boys of all skill levels basketball fundamentals from seasoned coaches and NBA stars.
After retiring from teaching and coaching, Lee worked at the Connecticut State Office of Early Education in the Youth Camps Division.
Lee was also a member of the New Haven Tap-Off Club and the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Lee is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Karla, daughter Meryl, son Marc (Sherri), his three granddaughters, Samantha, Olivia and Ella, who were the light of his life, and his brother Laurence.
He was preceded in death by his mother (Sarah) and father (Meyer Michael).
Donations in Lee's memory may be sent to the Jonathan Law High School Sports Booster Club at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 06460.
Lee's family sends special thanks to Dr. Mark Robson of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for his excellent care.
The funeral was held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at King David Memorial Gardens in New York. At the family's request, the Shiva is private.
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Published by The New Haven Register on Jun. 22, 2021.