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Robert Weintraub Obituary
Robert Weintraub
Our family is deeply saddened to share that cherished husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert Weintraub, died on March 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his adored wife of 67 years, Luise Rudner Weintraub. He will be greatly missed by children, Marilyn (Paul) Feldman, Diane Galvin and Philip Weintraub (Bruce Lazarus). He also leaves behind loving grandchildren, Steffanie Goldberg, Lisa Goldberg, Aaron (Amy) Galvin, Jared (Jenna) Galvin; and great-grandchildren, Dylan Goldberg, Mia Galvin and Lana Galvin.
Born April 14, 1920 in Canton, Ohio to Herman and Bella Weintraub, he was the brother of Faye (Alvin) Kail, Myrtle (Carl) Salle and Carolyn (Daniel) Sax, and brother-in-law of Allan and Madeline Rudner. After graduating from Lehman High School in 1938, he attended The Ohio State University, majoring in mechanical engineering, until volunteering to serve his country in World War II. From 1942 until 1945, he served with distinction in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy as Staff Sergeant, and was awarded three Bronze Stars. He and Luise, who had begun their courtship 10 years earlier, were married on Aug. 5, 1945. Bob dedicated over 40 years as owner of the Crystal Park Lumber Company, and was held in high esteem as a respected businessman who never failed to demonstrate his integrity, honesty, engineering acumen and sheer drive. His vision of planned residential living culminated in the creation of Eastpointe in Plain Township. At age 65, he sold the lumber business, yet continued to work — first at Fagin, Inc., and then with son-in-law Paul Feldman at Barco Security Services — until he retired at 89. He was actively involved in Canton's Jewish community and was instrumental in the design and construction of Shaaray Torah Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center. He was also a member of the Canton Masonic Temple, the National Homebuilders' Association and Arrowhead Country Club. Although not a registered architect, he designed and built many homes for Canton residents including the three he and Luise shared. Bob had the distinction of being featured in the book Architecture of Canton, the only non-architect so honored. Bob was an accomplished amateur artist and spent over four decades creating hundreds of oil and watercolor paintings, as well as a number of metal sculptures. Golf was a lifelong passion and source of joy (and frustration); his sense of humor about his game, and life in general, was legendary. He and Luise enjoyed countless Broadway shows, the Cleveland and Canton Symphony Orchestras and the Canton Ballet. They shared an appreciation of fine art and enjoyed traveling together. Bob loved his signature extra dry martinis and chocolate — especially Taggart's ice cream. He encouraged his children to pursue our own careers and dreams. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, uncle and father, and set a stellar example for many who looked to him as an exemplary role model. His lifelong devotion to Luise, especially in their later years, spoke volumes about the remarkable love they shared. Our family especially wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Radha Podugu, as well as the staff at Windsor Medical Center, for the extraordinary care, compassion, empathy and respect they showed our father. Bob's compassion, humor, resilience and strength will be missed tremendously. He was the very definition of a gentleman; his spirit and love of life will live on in the hearts and minds of those he loved, and those who will always love him. May his memory be a blessing.
Funeral services will be held on Friday (Today) at 11 a.m. in Beit Ha'am, 432 30th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709 with Cantor Bruce Braun, Rabbi John Spitzer and Rabbi Jon Adland officiating. Interment to follow at North Lawn Cemetery. Shiva will be observed on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Feldman home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the .
(Arnold, 330-456-7291)
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Published in The Repository on Mar. 21, 2014
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