General Information

Full Name: Lee s. Haftel
Date of Death: Monday, January 9, 2023

Lee Steven Haftel (3/24/1955 – 1/9/2023)
Lee Haftel, a 14 year stroke survivor, passed away on January 9, 2023 at the age of 67.
Lee was passionate about sports and supportive of the children in his life who pursued athletics. After the strokes, he lifted the spirits of those around him as he re-learned to stand and walk. Lee would frequently ask for opportunities to walk. He later volunteered at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.
Prior to the life-altering medical events, Lee had worked in the family business – Louis Walensky & Sons, a popular Levi’s jeans/Army-Navy surplus store in Montclair, NJ. He continued to work in retail, becoming an award-winning shoe salesman at multiple department stores, including Bloomingdale’s in Short Hills, whose customers included the wives of his idols Yogi Berra and Larry Doby. Lee was proud of his alma mater Rutgers, where he served as a mentor to those younger than him through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
Lee was a devoted son, often helping his father Howard when his illness became debilitating and helping his mother Rhoda maintain the household after Howard’s passing. He is survived by his sisters Judy and Amy, his brothers-in-law Michael and Jason, his nephew Adam, his nieces Diana, Erica (by marriage to Adam), and Holly and his great nephews Chase and Cameron.
If you wish to help honor Lee’s memory, you can make a donation to the American Stroke Foundation            (  or to Jewish Home Assisted Living, 685 Westwood Ave., River Vale NJ 07675

Service Information

Thursday, January 12, 2023
11:00 AM

Service at:
Louis Suburban Chapel
13-01 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Burial at:
Menorah Cemetery
614 Pa
ssaic Ave, Clifton, NJ 07012


Please join us for a friends and family gathering after the service at
148 Birch Street, Midland Park NJ

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  1. Larry Shulman

    There is not enough space in the cloud for the memories Lee gave me and my family. For me the most revealing time I had with Lee came after we played tennis on a hot summer day, and after we played my young boys came to the courts. I barely had enough energy to get home but Lee was willing to stay out there as long as my boys wanted. Who else would have given of himself so freely, at a time when it was not comfortable for him, to keep my boys happy? All of us who knew him are lucky to have him as a friend or family member.

  2. Kathryn Sondej

    Lee was a wonderful person and a blessing to all those lucky enough to call him friend. My husband and I knew him through tennis; Lee played in my tennis leagues for many years and so many of the other players remarked on what a privilege it was to play with or against him. Lee had a talent for making others appreciate a better sense of joy, kindness, enthusiasm, and humanity. He loved sharing ideas as well as listening to what others had to share. A light has gone out in this world, but a new, brightly shining star is in the heavens. You were cherished, Lee, and you’ll be greatly missed. Keep on shining!

  3. Marcy Huston

    I have known Lee, since High School. He will be sorely missed, He was a kind and generous person

    • Tom Duffy

      I remember Lee from our little League team.We were about 10 yrs old.MY father Joeph Duffy
      Was manager and Bobby Lazar-‘s father coached us.we graduated 1973 from vhs.Lee was a good soul,very frendly person.l did’nt learn of his passing till our 50 h.s.reunion last year.
      My condolences to his family and all who knew him.

  4. Nicole Gray

    What a beautiful tribute!


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