Frank Roger Ledermann
"Frankie"
March 1, 1946 - January 13, 2015

"A Lively Manner and a Ready Wit"



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Remembrance from Peter Ledermann, Frank's younger brother

Posted on Facebook, Jan. 14, 2015

For those friends that knew him, I am sad to tell you of the passing of my older brother, Frank Ledermann, yesterday evening. He was 68. My brother was a cancer survivor, but not just any cancer - a very deadly rare "orphan" cancer that only one doctor in the world could treat, and he rescued my brother 12 years ago. Unfortunately, the treatment sometimes results in a return of a different type of cancer within 10 years. The devastating Leukemia that hit him took him away in three short weeks. My brother was a survivor, like our Holocaust survivor parents. He was braver than anyone I have ever met.

Frank was an English teacher for 33 years, creating clever ways for students who could not or would not learn to become engaged with language. He later, towards his retirement, became a real estate broker and quite a successful one, because one does not sell what he sells, but who he is. He was a photographer, painter, gardener, poet, and on and on. Not a boring dinner partner. He always referred to me as his "famous brother" - and told me often how proud of me he was, just one more thing he did to secure our deep friendship which became, as brothers get older, more polished and treasured. My sister Jackie and I feel as if we have each lost an arm. But maybe it will be a hand up to what is next for each of us, as he always bravely paved the way through his courage, tenacity, humor and extreme generosity.

Talk to me soon, brother Frank. I miss you so much already.

Your loving little brother - Peter.


Remembrance from Les Kolpan Carter

Frank was my best friend in High School and never stopped being my best friend. This was a man who thought about me as special and I thought the same. We could not have been more different as people but we were always Frank and Les, just two nutty guys having a good time. Frank was there to bail me out when my first marriage fell apart. He knew me well and would do anything for me. That's just how he was. I miss you my friend. Sorry that my life was a little too busy sometimes to enjoy who you were .Next time I will listen more and work less. See you again and we will drive our SAABs together down that track to a good time with plenty of time to enjoy. God Bless You, Frank. Les.


Remembrance from Peter J. Sartorius

I reunited with Frank at our 50 Year Reunion last fall. My wife Rochelle and I were left behind by the bus after the tour of the high school. Frank was outside in our vicinity and quickly offered to give us a ride back to the hotel in White Plains. Frank took us the long way back with a tour through Scarsdale, telling the story of his life since we were kids in school, and then taking us to his favorite deli for a bite to eat. I can't remember the name of it, but it was great - nondescript "hole in the wall" with fantastic sandwiches. Living in the Midwest now, I miss these old fashioned Jewish delis! Anyway, we had the honor of treating Frank to a pastrami sandwich and enjoying his conversation all the way back to White Plains. We promised to stay in touch, so I'm very sad to hear this news.

Thanks for the ride and your company, Frank! Peter and Rochelle.


Published in The Journal News, Jan. 15, 2015

Frank R. Ledermann of Scarsdale, NY passed away on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015. He was born in New York City on March 1, 1946.

He is survived by his sister Jacqueline Greenfield of Somers, NY; her fiancé Wayne DeBeers; brother Peter Ledermann and his better half Alison Van Dyk of Cortlandt Manor; niece Marjorie Greenfield and her boyfriend Kyle Morrison of Brooklyn, NY, and niece Jamie MacKenzie and her husband Matt of Andover, Massachusetts. He also leaves behind his beloved great-nephews Noah and Gabriel MacKenzie, great-niece Ellie MacKenzie, and his cherished cats Merlin, Chili, and Oreo.

Frank was an energetic, creative and passionate English teacher in Tuckahoe, NY, for 33 years, and also worked tirelessly as a real estate agent before and after his retirement from teaching. Frank was a gifted painter, photographer, poet, gardener, and collector of antiques. He was engaging and always a great person to converse with on any subject as he had a deep desire to know and fully understand everything he encountered in life. He had a sharp, quick and entertaining wit, and was always concerned with the welfare and well-being of his family, clients, and his vast assortment of friends who were his largest and most treasured "collection." This world is by far a poorer place with his passing, but the world to which he has gone is richer for his arrival.


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