Dr. Leopold Hedbavny, Jr
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Dr. Leopold Hedbavny, Jr. of Glendale, New York, Formerly of Manhattan, passed away on August 16, 2014 at the age of 86. He was the beloved husband of Marie L. Hedbavny, brother of Elizabeth Snell, uncle of Katherine Burn, Jeannie Grube, Carla Mancini and Todd Hegeman and great uncle of Ginger and Richard Grube and Kala and Kyle Mancini. Mr. Hedbavny spent his entire life in the educational field; he held various positions at Eastern Military Academy, Cold Spring Harbor, New York and was a lifelong educator in the Lutheran School system. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in History in 1991. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

He was active in many civic activities as President of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Glendale Library and President of the Melville Lions Club of Long Island. He earned the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the highest award given to a member of the Melville Lions Club.

Mr. Hedbavny was active in the Boy Scouts of America for over seventy years. He held many positions in the Scouts and sat on the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also served as President and County Commissioner of the Queens Council of the Boy Scouts.

Viewing will be at the Glascott Funeral Home, 102-03 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, New York on Thursday, August 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM; and on Friday, August 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The Funeral Service will be held at Marble Collegiate Church, 1 West 29 Street, New York, New York on Saturday, August 23, at 9:30 AM.

Interment will follow at All Faiths Cemetery, 67-29 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, New York.

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Guillermo Calvo Mahé
July 08, 2017
Remembering Leo Hedbavny on July 9, 2017, from one of his students and colleagues at his beloved Eastern Military Academy.

Tomorrow is Leo's birthday, he shared it with my mother. She would have been 94. I wonder how old he would have been. I think he’ll have been 89.

It's hard to accept that he's passed away but comforting to know he occupies such a solid place in so many of our hearts. Gone but never forgotten and so, in a way, immortal.

I was privileged to know him as a student and to have won his trophy at graduation and then to have worked with him for the better part of the decade, eventually succeeding him as chair of the social studies department at our alma mater. He is never too far from my thoughts and that probably applies to many of us.

I invite us all to raise a drink in his honor tomorrow at noon, New York time. And perhaps to share memories.

Happy Birthday to the Dean, to the Head, to our mentor and our friend.

Linda Monte
August 23, 2014
Leo was also a long time member of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and served on the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in guiding the Society for over 30 years. His knowledge, historic acumen and leadership will be missed.

Linda Monte


Greater Ridgewood Historical Society