OBITUARY

Norman Lefkowitz

January 1, 1935October 14, 2019

Norman Lefkowitz was born on January 1, 1935 and passed away on October 14, 2019 and is under the care of Riverside - Stanetsky Memorial Chapels.

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William Sabino

October 11, 2020

Many people, like Coach Lappas, were shaped by Mr. Lefkowitz.
Steve was a classmate of mine in high school and college.

He's gone on to be a great coach.

William Sabino

October 10, 2020

I last saw Coach Lefkowitz in 1985, my last visit to Bronx Science.
He was a Bronxite in the best sense of the word.
A good teacher, good coach and good man in every way were only a few of his attributes/
I always enjoyed going to gym class because I knew we'd converse.
I regret not seeing him again after 1985.
RIP, Coach.
Best regards to your family.

William Sabino

October 8, 2020

He was my gym teacher.
A great guy and coach.

Steve Lappas

December 3, 2019

Part2) We were always the smarter team. Controlled tempo and only took good shots. Our patience was unmatched. We worked the clock till teams lost patience defensively then we made layups. We won more close games then u could ever imagine. He was tough, demanding but fair! Old school

Steve Lappas

December 3, 2019

Thank you for this! Norm was a tremendous Coach and person. Playing for him at Science taught me so much. We could play with any one of the big teams in the City because of him! City champs 2 yrs in a row. I learned so much as his assistant at York. RIP! I was his volunteer assistant at York College in 1976. My first coaching job.

Robert Sokich

December 3, 2019

Hey Lewis, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know you guys were extremely close. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your entire family. He was such a nice man to me, he loved to take us down to Lehman College & we would watch him coach basketball practice, I alsways remember that. Cherish the the good times & priceless memories you had with your dad, but remember, he will always be with you in spirit. Please take extra care of your mom, she will need the most support & care from you all. Once again, my deepest condolences to you & your entire family, love ya brother! I’ll never forget all those practices ur dad called at 6am and ran us to death and made us shoot 100s of jump shots i don't remember us ever losing a game in 12 summers he coached us even during practice with 100% intensity and nobody knew how to work the refs like Norm he was the greatest coach i ever had, when we played teams that had more talent then us we passed that ball and moved that ball in our 1-3-1 offense till the defense almost fell asleep then we scored at will, and last I’ll never forget when We went to gus game at Legman and he hekd the ball the whike gane and i think Lehman was up 6-2 at hakftime and Lehamn ended up winning pulling off that uoset it feels like last week RIP coach Lefkowitz

Lewis Lefkowitz

December 2, 2019

Part 2) by 43, and everyone looked at you as if you were crazy. We proceeded to kick the heck out of them and run them all over the court, and i finished with about 34. After the game, you told me I should have had a lot more. Thanks for always being the best Dad you could be pops. I love you, and im real easy to reach if u have any wuestion we went to a steak house the night before a d the next day he was fine and we were ready to watch the yanjee gane and just like tbst hus life ended! 917-273-6770

Lewis Lefkowitz

December 2, 2019

1)My dad . As i called him coach never got to reach his 85th bday and first i would like to say ur comments mean the world ti me and my family! I already had his bday card written a nd here is word for word as i wrote it: Dear Dad, for as long as you've been apart of my life, they've called you "the craziest man in the gym." Whether it was coaching my Colts team and berating the refs or taking us off the court in the catskills when the refs were trying to job us, you have certainly been the wildest of coaches. People out there tend to only see that side of you. They don't see the guy who would make breakfast for all of us and then take me dribble for dribble on jordan road, ensuring that my handle is tight as ever. They don't see the guy who attended all of my high school games, even when Nymchek blew layups for the wide open looks I got him and even when Morrisey took 2 foot jumpers while I was hitting threes and pull-ups like it was another day at Reynolds Field. But you saw that in me Dad, you pushed me to be the best athlete I can be and never allowed me to make excuses. They see you as a crazy guy and a cut throat recruiter, but you went out of your way to give Stone a room in our house and get him on the team at Hastings so we could kill the pick and pop game together. They say you are an ego maniac and you only make decisions that cater to your basketball program, but they didn't see you opening the doors to your home to Bernard Toone when he needed a place to stay. That's just because they don't know you like I know you DAd. They don't know you have made your commitment to your of highest order, that you've sacrificed everything so the three of us can have a better life. I remember when we were playing Colts basketball at PS 22. We faced a team loaded with big guys and we were only playing with five kids, no substitutions. Most father's would have been scared and content keeping it a close game. I remember in the huddle you told us we should beat them

Pat Bernardo

November 30, 2019

I had the great pleasure and honor to play for Coach Lefkowitz when he coached at York College. We had successful seasons under his leadership. I’m entering my 20th year as a high school basketball coach and to this day, I remember the basketball fundamentals and concepts he taught and preached. More important, I remember his dedication and interest in his student-athletes far beyond the basketball court. We were all so fortunate to have known him and played for him. His presence stays with me and I offer my sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace Coach!

Angela Roth

November 6, 2019

Some of the fondest memories was being cheerleader/Captain senior year with Coach Lefkowitz at the helm of our winning team. Normally cheerleaders are dismissed as just a bunch of cute girls dancing to catchy songs, but Coach recognized my love of basketball and focus to get crowd psyched up, supporting and impacting the team morale. He allowed me to come in during practices. We were the first cheerleading squad to travel with the team. I watched how he brought out the best of each player. At a time when females were usually counted out, I always counted myself as fortunate to be counted in and experience the discipline and thrill of this sport close up. Those lessons are those that impacted my development in leadership and business acumen, as I know it also did for others.

Thank you, Coach for treasured memories.

To the family, may peace and comfort be with you.

Angela Valcarcel- Roth