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Sept. 27, 1893
page 13

The jewelry trade was shocked last week at the news of the death of Leroy B. Haff, of Dominick & Half,New York, which occurred Sept. 18th at Paul Smith's, in the Adirondacks, where Mr. Haff who had been suffering with pleurisy, had gone for the benefit of his health.

Mr. Haff was born in Peru N. Y. fifty two years ago. He had been connected with the silverware business since 1867, when he entered as book keeper, the retail department of William Gale, manufacturing silver­smith, whose retail business was then under the Metropolitan Hotel, New York. In 1869, Mr. Gale closed out his retail department and Mr. Haff was transferred to the whole­sale department of Gale & Corning, at Broome and Mercer Sts. The next year he became a member of the firm, the name of which was changed to Gale, Dominick & Half. Mr Gale took no active interest in the firm, but his name remained until 1872. when the firm took its present name of Dominick & Haff.

Two years later they removed to the first Waltham building, at 1,3 and 5 Bond St., but when this structure was destroyed by fire in 1877, they changed their quarters to 7 and 9 Bond St. When the present building at Nos. I, 3 and 5 was rebuilt, they moved back into it and remained there until 1884, when they again changed their quarters to the building in which they are now located at 860 Broadway. In 1888, when the firm was organized into a joint stock company, Mr. Haff became vice-president and treasurer, and his partner, H. B. Dominick, president of the concern.

For many years Mr. Haff had lived at Englewood, N. J., where he became a conspicuous, figure in public affairs and charitable enterprises. He was a director of the Bergen County Gas Co., one of the promoters and a governor of the Englewood Club, and a member of the Player's, Reform, and Grolier clubs, of New York. At the time of his death Mr. Haff held the position of senior warden of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Englewood.

Mr. Haff was known as a man of modest and retiring disposition, yet aggressive when necessary. He was well liked and respected by all with whom he came in contact, and was universally regarded as a thoroughly honest, upright, and sagacious business man. While his death will be a severe blow to his relations and friends throughout the country, the loss will be most deeply felt by the concern of Dominick & Haff. To Mr. Dominick particularly is the death of Mr. Haff a keen blow, as between himself and the deceased" there existed for the past twenty-five years, the closest relations. both in business and private life. The portrait herewith is from the last photograph of Mr. Haff, which was taken eighteen years ago. Mr. Haff never married.

The funeral services took place Thursday afternoon, in Peru. N. Y.

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