Leo Charendoff, M.D.
Dr. Leo Charendoff, 75, of Manchester, CT and Boynton Beach, FL, passed away on Thursday (December 14, 2006) at Manchester Memorial Hospital. He was born in Toronto, Canada on June 15, 1931. He was married to Elaine (Levitz) Charendoff for 48 years and was the son of the late Samuel and Minnie Charendoff of Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto and its medical school, he completed his internship and residencies at hospitals in Toronto, Boston and New York, and started his Urology practice in Manchester in 1962. At Manchester Memorial Hospital, he was formerly Chief of Urology, Chief of Surgery, and Chief of Staff. He was also on the urological staff of Rockville General Hospital. Leo was a talented surgeon who improved and extended the lives of countless patients and who mentored numerous physicians and staff throughout his distinguished career. As a young man, he served as a Surgeon Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy. Among his many interests, he was an instrument rated pilot, an accomplished sailor, an expert photographer, an ardent bridge and Scrabble player, an enthusiastic golfer and a creative do-it-yourselfer, especially at the family cottage. He enjoyed 40 wonderful summers with his loving family and friends on Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. His talent, his brilliance and his companionship will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Elaine, sons Bruce (Pamela Dempsey) of Washington, DC, and Steven of Philadelphia, PA, daughter Pamela (Dr. Jonathan Primack) of Wyomissing, PA, and eight adored grandchildren: Sally, Caroline, Cecelia, Olivia, Jonathan, Ila, Andrew and Benjamin, who in turn adored their Bebop. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Melvin Charendoff of Toronto, sisters-in-law Evelyn Charendoff, Janet Charendoff and Ilona Levitz, and brother-in-law Martin Levitz. His brother Morrie Charendoff predeceased him. He is also survived by many loving family members in both the United States and Canada. The family expresses its gratitude for the outstanding medical and nursing care provided at MMH. It was a comfort for him to be cared for by so many friends and former colleagues. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Temple Beth Sholom, 400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester with interment following in Temple Beth Sholom Memorial Park, Manchester. A Memorial Period will be observed at his home, 135 Steep Hollow Lane, Manchester, Sunday following the funeral through Tuesday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the John A. De Quattro Community Cancer Center at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes Street, Manchester, CT 06040, Temple Beth Sholom, or the charity of the donors choice. Arrangements entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Dr. Charendoff with this family, please visit online at

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