Arnold Leslie Fleisher, DVM

  • Born: October 28, 1935
  • Died: November 14, 2020
  • Location: Long Beach, New York

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Arnold by adding your memories and photos.

Arnold L. Fleisher, DVM, passed away Saturday, 14 November 2020 in Charleston, SC.

Arnold was born in Queens, NY on 28 October 1935. His family moved to Miami, FL when Arnold was 13 years old. Arnold finished his college education at the University of Florida and attended veterinary school at Auburn University. He then moved to Hempstead, NY to join his uncle at the Nassau Animal Hospital where he practiced veterinary medicine for over thirty years.

Upon arrival to New York, and as he did not know anyone, Arnold was provided with the names of three young women. Barbara Margolis was second on the list. When the first woman did not pick up, he left a message with Barbara's younger sister Arlene. She returned the call. Their first date was at Nathan's Hotdogs in Oceanside; a five-cent hotdog dinner. Arnold felt that a woman who would accept a five-cent hotdog as a first date was worth keeping. The date was in July and they were married six months later on 21 January 1960 at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue.

Barbara feels they were soul mates. Yin and yang. They traveled, fished, enjoyed shows and museums, bought and renovated homes and apartments together and entertained whenever the opportunity arose. They also raised three children together.

Arnold had "golden hands." He could fix and build anything including greenhouses and furniture; winding fishing rods and making his own lures. Arnold especially enjoyed fishing and swimming at the beach. He enjoyed bike rides and walks with his family, taking care of his plants, printing his own photos and cooking holiday and other meals with Barbara. More recently, Arnold took up wood turning and spent hours making wooden bowls and trays to share with family and friends.

Upon his retirement from veterinary medicine, Arnold spent many years as an Explainer and part-time researcher at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. A favorite event at the museum was providing directions and candy to families during the annual Halloween celebration.

Arnold taught his children to be independent and self-sufficient. He taught them the value of hard work, an education and Jewish values. He taught them the value of volunteerism and assisting in the community.

Arnold loved Jacob, his only grandchild. They fished, went golf-cart alligator hunting and hiked parks together. They spent time at the beach together where Zadeh taught Jacob how to body surf, as he had taught his own children. They built toys together, and talked about school and Jacob's activities.

Arnold and Barbara have been half-backs the past several years, spending summers in Long Beach, NY and winters in Sun City Hilton Head, SC. We will all miss his chatter as he could speak in a knowledgeable manner to anyone about almost anything.

Arnold is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 60 plus years, daughter Nanci Kestenbaum (Stuart), sons Marc (Hollie Hyslop)and Stuart (Sandra Madiera), and grandson Jacob Kestenbaum. He is also survived by his brother David Fleisher and sister-in-law Arlene O'Sullivan (Roger), several nieces and nephews, "First Wife" Burton Black (Marilyn) and many other long-time friends. He was pre-deceased by his brother Joel Fleisher (Jerilynn).

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Condolence & Memory Journal

There are only happy memories of Uncle Arnold. He and my father Buddy Waite met at UF, graduated from Auburn, and remained lifelong friends. Even living far away Daddy, Uncle Arnold and Uncle Burt stayed in touch. Visits to Miami, West Palm Beach and New York somehow happened. He and my dad saw each other just before my dad's passing and it was a gift. I just spoke with him a few months ago and we talked for an hour about everything. All my love to Aunt Barbara, Nanci, Marc and Stuart. Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories my darling uncle.

Posted by Alissa Waite Visser - West Palm Beach, FL - Family Friend   December 07, 2020

To my departed father from your loving son, Stuart

I want to thank you for showing me what working hard and perseverance is all about.

Unfortunately, we did not spend as much time together as I would have liked. And the times we did, I will always keep those in my memories. You also have shown me what it is like to have loving friends through many a decade. That is a wonderful feat that most never accomplished.

My condolences go out to his very close friends & family and for those whom graced his life.

It saddens me greatly, and hurts me even more, that I did not attend your funeral standing alongside your kin.

May you find peace while exploring the vast universe.

I will always love you and keep you close to my broken heart.

Your loving son, LK.

Posted by stuart fleisher - las vegas, NV - Son   November 19, 2020

Claudia and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad, Zedah, husband, etc. our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you find Shalom in your hearts and souls

Posted by Aimee Ratner - Charleston, SC   November 16, 2020

The service on Sunday was beautiful and heartfelt. What a wonderful tribute for a wonderful man. May his memory be a blessing for you and your family always.

Posted by Miriam Weinstein - Friend   November 16, 2020

Nanci, Barbara and family,
I am shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of your father. I remember him fondly and I'm very sorry. My thoughts are with you. May his memory be a blessing. Sending love, Celia

Posted by Celia Chase - Friend   November 15, 2020

Sending comfort to the entire family. May his memory be a blessing.

Posted by Aaron and Rebecca Engel - Charleston, SC - Friend   November 15, 2020

My heart felt condolences to my long time and cherished friend Barbara and to Arnold's children Nanci Marc and Stuart. Arnold was a man of many talents and a very good heart. He loved being a wonderful grandpa to Jacob .I know that the wonderful memories that the family made together will always be with you and help get you thru this very sad and difficult time

Posted by Fran Chersashor - Clifton, NJ - Friend   November 15, 2020


You will be sorely missed. I cherished our calls during the High Holidays to catch up on life and discuss the world and its goings ons.

So glad you were able to come to Cleveland for Kathryn's Bat Mitzvah...she (and the rest of our family) send all our love and also support for Barbara, Nanci, Marc and the rest of the family,

Posted by Evan Fleisher - Cleveland, OH - Family   November 15, 2020

Family Album

This is one of the favorite photos of 'Uncle Arnold' with our younger son, Matthew. Captured in Long Beach, LI.