KOVAR--Lester J., died on April 9, 2014 at age 98. Dear brother of Philip, husband of the late Mariann, father of Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker (Marty), and Lance (Galina), grandfather of Sophia. A graduate of CCNY, he was a WWII veteran trained by the Navy at Notre Dame, Northwestern University, and at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Commissioned an Ensign, he rose to Lieutenant Commander, serving on several aircraft carriers in the South Pacific. During that time he took part in 19 battle engagements (two Unit Citations) and he was also awarded the Pacific Theatre Ribbon with Seven Stars. Les was a highly successful advertising executive in the "Mad Men" era with Goodren Products, specialists in print media and point-of-purchase design and was listed in Sales Executives of New York Who's Who. He was a past President of Riverdale Temple (Bronx, NY) and its Men's Club as well as active in Israel Bonds, B'nai B'rith, UJA and other Jewish organizations. He was also a past president of a fraternal organization, Lipsonian Kinsmen, Inc. Also survived by beloved wife Sylvia Klein Paff Kovar, he will be missed by the Paff and Konigsberg families: Bonnie and Bob, Jonathan, Ami, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who gave him years of abundant comfort and support. The funeral service is at Riverdale Temple on Thursday April 17 at 11:30am. Observing Jewish tradition, no flowers. Donations may be made to RAC.org or GSJC.org.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 14, 2014