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Leonard Cantor, 88, Owned Manufacturing Company

May 24, 2007
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Leonard Cantor, 88, owner of a dishwasher manufacturing firm, died April 25. He was a resident of Elkins Park.

Cantor graduated from Atlantic City High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Temple University. He held several positions prior to entering the U.S. Army. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and assigned as the Adjuant at the Army base in Utica, N.Y.

After the war, Cantor joined his father-in-law, Bernard Levene, at the Insinger Machine Company, which he had purchased in the early 1970s. During this period, he won two major design awards from the U.S. Navy and served as president of the industry trade group NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers).

Cantor was president of Beth Sholom Congregation, and also had leadership roles in State of Israel Bonds, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.

He continued his career in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and executive officer of the 361st General Hospital Group in Philadelphia.

Cantor is survived by his wife, the former Dolly Levene; sons Robert Cantor and Richard Cantor; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Contributions in his memory can be made to: Beth Sholom Congregation, 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

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