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B.B. Goldstein

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Life-Long South Floridian, Businessman and Banker B.B. Goldstein, a life long South Floridian, decorated World War II veteran and local businessman and banker died at his home in Miami on July 5th. He was 85 years old. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, moved to Miami with his parents in 1925, and a year later his family settled in West Palm Beach. He graduated from Palm Beach High in 1936 and attended the University of Georgia. In 1941, immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Goldstein enlisted in the Army. He served as a First Lieutenant in the South Pacific first at Guadalcanal, then in New Britain and finally at Luzon where he participated in the well-known beachhead landing. For his service in combat he was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star. After service in the Army, Goldstein returned to Miami. For more than twenty years, he was President of the Sanitary Linen and Uniform Service. Subsequently he served as Vice Chairman of Commercial Trust Bank and Director of Commercial Bank and Trust Company, Intercontinental Bank and Beach Bank. Goldstein's community involvement included membership on the Board of Directors of Mt. Sinai Medical Center/Miami Heart Institute, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Goodwill Industries, The Zoological Society of South Florida, and Temple Israel of Greater Miami. He also served as Honorary Vice President of Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged. Beginning with the Presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy in 1959, Goldstein was an active fund-raiser for Democratic candidates at the federal, state and local level. He and his wife Grace were among the first South Floridians to support Jimmy Carter in his campaign for the Presidency. In 1979, at the invitation of President Carter, he witnessed the signing of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel and attended the subsequent dinner at the White House that evening. Goldstein was the son of the late Lena Clein Goldstein and Sam A. Goldstein and was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Grace G. Goldstein. He is survived by his son Buck and daughter-in law Kay of Atlanta, Georgia, his son John of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his sister Blanche Ross of New York, New York, his brother Charles Goldstein and sister-in-law Elaine Silverstein of Miami, Florida and five grandchildren, Andrea, Scott, Vincent, Katherine and Max. The funeral will be held at Temple Israel of Greater Miami on July 7 at 11 AM. Internment will be at Graceland Cemetary. The family will receive friends after the services at 2000 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Grace G and BB Goldstein Memorial Music Fund at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th Street, Miami, Florida 33132. FOR INFORMATION RIVERSIDE GORDON 305-531-1151.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 6, 2004
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