Ernest Leitner

Obituary of Ernest Roderick Leitner

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Roderick Leitner, loving husband of Jill Krumholz Leitner, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2023, at the age of 74. Rod is also survived by his brother Daniel Leitner, of Westwood, MA.

Rod was born on May 1, 1949, in New York City to Ernest and Lillian Leitner. He attended Manhattan's Xavier High School, as well as Holy Cross and Fairleigh Dickinson University where he met many of his life-long friends.

For more than 30 years, Rod held management positions with Federated Department Stores, where he met Jill, and more recently at Macy's. 

Rod's warmth and kindness touched the lives of everyone he encountered. He was deeply loyal to his family, friends and business associates and offered unconditional love and acceptance to all. His love of Jill and his four-legged children Marcus, Skylar and Dylan was unbounded as was his affection for the many adult children whose lives he was part of as they grew up. 

Rod was passionate about his Irish heritage. He was an avid reader and follower of politics, a sports 'generalist' and a bourbon connoisseur. was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, Bruce Springsteen and Cape Cod, where he and his family spent his childhood summers. 

Rod was preceded in death by his parents. In addition to his wife of 33 years and his brother, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, two nephews, a niece and their families, and numerous young adults whose lives he was part of for more than 30 years. 

A private celebration of Rod's life is being held on Friday, July 14. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Rod to the American Cancer Society ( or the Arthritis Foundation (  


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Ernest Leitner

1949 - 2023

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