Saul Rubenstein

Saul Rubenstein 1929 - 2009 PITTSFIELD Saul Rubenstein, 80 of Brookside Drive, passed away, peacefully on Aug. 20, at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in 1929, in Troy, N.Y., son of Lewis Rubenstein and Esther Kovitz Rubenstein. Educated in Albany, N.Y., he attended Siena College and graduated from NY State College for Teachers, now SUNY Albany, in 1951. In 1952, Mr. Rubenstein started working in the toy department at W.T. Grant, and later Miller Merchandise Toy Wholesaler. In 1955, he began a 37 year career with Kaufman Brothers, which became Kay Bee Toys, then to Pittsfield, starting as a salesman. He later became Assistant Toy Buyer and, in 1973, was promoted to Head Toy Buyer. In 1986, he became Kay Bee's president, a position he held until he retired in 1989. Mr. Rubenstein was a leading force in the toy industry, respected by his colleagues and instrumental in raising contributions for Toy Manufacturers of America Charities. He gave invaluable support to the Schepen's Eye research Institute of Boston, and Riverview School in Sandwich, a school that his son Eric attended. Mr. Rubenstein is survived by Shirley Steinhart Rubenstein, his wife of 48 years; his three loving children and their families; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Karen Rubenstein of New York, N.Y., and their son, Jack; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Steven Diamond of Westfield, N.J., and their children, Gabriel and Charlotte; son Eric Rubenstein of Clinton, Conn., and brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Sonia Rubenstein of Schenectady, N.Y. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be held Sunday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, with Cantor Robert Scherr, officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Pittsfield Cemetery. Friends will be received at Rubenstein residence, 36 Brookside Drive, Sunday, Aug. 23, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Donations may be made in Mr. Rubenstein's memory to Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, 1356 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook, Conn., 06498, Hadassah, 402 East St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201, or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 369 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Funeral Home

Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral Home - Pittsfield
5 Elm Street  Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-1733

Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2009