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Norman Leenhouts, co-founder of Home Properties, dies

Real estate developer Norman Leenhouts, the co-founder of Home Leasing Corp. and a Rochester Business Hall of Fame inductee, died Saturday at the age of 81.

Mr. Leenhouts, and his twin brother, Nelson Leenhouts, co-founded Home Leasing in 1967. The company went public in 1994 and changed its name to Home Properties Inc. The Leenhouts brothers stepped down as chief executives in 2003.

Home Properties then transitioned its affordable housing and commercial real estate operations back to the brothers.

Norman Leenhouts formed Broadstone Real Estate in 2006, with his daughter, Amy Tait, and her husband, Robert Tait. Nelson Leenhouts took control of affordable housing business and formed Home Leasing LLC. He most recently served as senior adviser to Broadstone and a principal of Sylanview LLC.

“My father will best be remembered by his entrepreneurial spirit, humble generosity, kind heart and brilliant mind,” said Amy Tait, Broadstone chairman and CEO, in a statement. “His legacy will live on with the many, many people that he has mentored and influenced in his lifetime.”

Mr. Leenhouts grew up in Ontario, Wayne County, and graduated from the University of Rochester. He was a CPA and licensed real estate broker.

In addition to his business successes, Mr. Leenhouts was a member of a number of boards, including the University of Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan College and the Free Methodist Church of North America. He was also a community volunteer, working with organizations including the Open Door Mission, the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., the Rochester Area Foundation and Youth for Christ.

A memorial service for Mr. Leenhouts is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Hale Auditorium at the Cultural Life Center of Roberts Wesleyan College.

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