Sunday, August 30, 2009
Family and friends today escort the coffin of Westport attorney Leo Nevas from Norwalk’s Congregational Beth El en route to a cemetery. Hundreds attended the service for the legendary Westporter who died Wednesday at the age of 97. (See WestportNow Aug. 27, 2009) Among them was a member of the family of the late Nobel laureate and Soviet dissident Andrei D. Sakharov who said her entire family joined in mourning the passing of the renowned fighter for international human rights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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In marking the passing of Leo Nevas, board member and longtime friend of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Camp has issued this statement:
While deeply saddened by Leo’s passing, the Camp celebrates his longstanding commitment and faith in the mission of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in serving children with serious illnesses. The man Paul Newman once described as “the oar and the anchor of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” spent a lifetime working for human rights and championed many good causes. None was more dear to his heart than the Camp started by Paul Newman as a special haven for children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses.
As a founding board member, Leo helped establish the Camp from its inception. Over its more than twenty-year history, his wisdom and guidance contributed immeasurably to making the Camp a place of great healing and distinction. His generous gifts of time and legal counsel helped to preserve the Camp’s honor and ensure its safety. Having been protected by a person of such high integrity over the years, Camp has been free to flourish and improve the lives of tens of thousands of children and their families.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is extremely fortunate to be part of Leo’s living legacy. A mentor to many, he gave freely and generously of his time and talent. We remain humbled and inspired by Leo’s enormous contribution to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and to the world at large.