Habitat Broward champion and friend, Bob Leider, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, just days before he was planning to celebrate the historic home dedication he helped make happen. Bob was a tremendous force in our history—an eternal optimist—passionate about Habitat and eager to take on challenges and ambitious goals.
Bob joined our Board of Directors in 1996. He became its chair in 2001 and was re-elected to serve three consecutive terms. He was then appointed to the Development Committee which he ultimately chaired through June 2017. Bob served as Habitat Broward’s interim Executive Director from February through May of 2016 when the board needed time to search for new leadership. He dealt with everything from construction to fund development. During his tenure as Executive Director, he and his “side-kick” Nancy Daly secured $1.5 million for A Rick Case Habitat Community infrastructure, enabling us to move forward on the project.
Bob has been a faithful personal donor to Habitat for the last 20 years, as well as a volunteer on the job sites. He could be found trussing roofs, nailing fir strips and painting. Bob was always eager to roll his sleeves up and get the job done.
Bob attempted retirement a few years back, only to be recruited back to WSVN Channel 7 as the Executive VP and General Manager before finally retiring last year. Bob was part business manager, part relationship manager, part volunteer, and all humanitarian. We know he was immensely proud of the work being done at Habitat.
We will miss you, Bob. Words cannot express how grateful we are to you for your devotion to Habitat and to these wonderful families.
Check out Bob’s feature on WSVN here, and photos of our beloved friend.