Leonard “Lenny” Bornstein, 82, of South Orange died July 3, 2018. Born in Paterson and raised in Newark, he lived in Maplewood for 46 years before moving to South Orange three years ago.
Dr. Bornstein was the principal of the Collins and Harrison schools in Livingston, and then served as administrator of pupil personnel services, retiring in 1996. He then began a career in volunteerism, primarily with JESPY House and Arts Unbound, both serving on the board of directors and taking an active role with clients. He received a 2010 Seeds of Hope Award from New Jersey Monthly magazine for his work with Arts Unbound. In 2011, he wrote and published a children’s book, “No Hop, the Kangaroo Who Thought He Couldn’t.” He also served as a master of ceremonies at more than 2,500 bar and bat mitzvah parties during his career as proprietor of Leonard Bornstein Entertainments.
A graduate of West Side High School, Newark, he received bachelor and master’s degrees from Newark State College and a doctorate in education from Rutgers University.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Philip (Christine Andreadis) and Ira (Kelly Tirik); and three grandchildren.
Services were held July 6 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Arts Unbound, 554 Freeman St., Orange, N.J. 07050.