Philip R. Lenard, 73, who founded numerous businesses, died Saturday (July 26, 1997) in his Amherst home after a nine-month battle with cancer.
The businesses he started included PM Refining, Saturn Rings, Monarch Cast, Stylecast, Tray Bien, PM Machine Shop and Precision Finishing.
He also was a partner in Niagara Falls Casting Co., based in Warwick, England.
He employed hundreds of people in Western New York, including many Russian immigrants. As the son of Russian immigrants, Lenard felt responsible to help others seeking a better life in America.
"Our father taught us that if you set your mind to it, you could accomplish anything," said his two daughters, Jessica Lenard of New Jersey and Nancy Berger of Amherst. "His life was a testimonial to that."
He was a supporter of local Jewish causes and was a donor contributor to the Weinberg Campus in Getzville.
A vigorous exerciser, he often worked out at home or on the handball court. He also could be seen along the Amherst bike path or mall walking.
In addition to being an accomplished sailor and handball player, he was interested in photography, flying and history.
Lenard enjoyed humor even when facing adversity. Several days before his death, he was asked if he would have done anything differently. He thought for a minute and said, "Yes, I'd have lived longer."
In addition to his daughters, survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Estelle Schapiro, whom he had known since he was 15 and whom he married after receiving an honorable discharge from the armed forces in World War II.
Other survivors include two sisters, Pauline Aronoff and Bessie Gandel, both of Williamsville; a brother, Max of Williamsville; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.