Leon Podkaminer, 89, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 1, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born in White Plains on November 9, 1922, to Sam and Jennie Podkaminer. He was a Master Mechanic, and co owner of a Studebaker dealership in Brewster with his brother, Phil.
He and his brother were proprietors of Brewster Bowling and Recreation Center and Leon was a Realtor with Kroll Realty, Fort Lauderdale. He was a World War II veteran of the US Air Force. Past president of Brewster Lions Club and life time member of the B. P. O. Elks Lodge # 2101. Leon was instrumental in the formation of the Town of Southeast Recreation Program. He was a loving brother of Ann (Harry) Eiseman, and Philip (Sadie) Podkaminer.
His family includes his wife, Adele, of 64 years, a daughter, Jennifer Ganary; grandchildren Derek and Jessica Ganary; brother-in-law, Alan Heilpern; and niece, Heather Heilpern Rose, nephews, Robert, Nathan, and Joel Podkaminer, Stuart and Steven Eiseman; and numerous great nieces and nephews, too many to name. Loved by all, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. He will be missed by all.
A celebration of Leon’s life was held on Tuesday, April 3, at 2 p.m. at South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to William Childs Hospice House at 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay Florida 32907 in memory of Leon Podkaminer. Please sign our guestbook at: www.affuneral.com