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Harold B. Leabman
Harold (Hap) Leabman died peacefully at home on June 20th following a courageous battle with cancer. Hap tackled each obstacle with an unmatched determination. Hap was born in Philadelphia and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard School of Public Health, he moved to New York City and then to West Hartford, CT in 1991 with his wife Ann. Hap was accomplished, both on a personal and professional level. He was a partner in the consulting firm Risk and Performance Management for many years. He was District Assistant Governor of the Rotary Club for the West Hartford Area and a past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of West Hartford. Hap was an ardent lover of jazz and instrumental in organizing the annual West Hartford Rotary Club jazz brunch. Hap loved walking on the beach, and inherited his interest in collecting rocks and shells from his mother, Jackie. Hap also used his lifelong love for poetry as an outlet for expressing his journey with cancer. Hap's family is grateful for the love and support extended by so many colleagues, friends, caregivers and family members. The family thanks Dr. Syed Bilgrami, the St. Francis Hospital oncology units, Dr. Todd Mailly, Diana and JFS Care at Home. Hap, son of the late James and Jacqueline (Fishel) Leabman, is survived by his wife Ann (Buchwalter), his daughters Erica and Jill, his brothers Michael and Joel, their spouses Sarah and Jo-Ann, his uncle Morris (Moe) Fishel, many cousins, nieces & nephews. A graveside service will be held Friday, June 22 followed by shiva from 2-4pm at Belmont Country Club, 181 Winter Street, Belmont, MA. A Memorial Service will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT on Sunday, June 24 at 2pm. The family will sit shiva at their home from 4-8pm on Sunday & Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Rotary Foundation at https://my.rotary.org/en/donate

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