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SAKOW. Neil Neil Robert Sakow, 69, of West Hartford, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Bronx, NY, the son of the late Leon and Ruth (Dashew) Sakow, served in the US Army and made his home in West Hartford since 1954. "Neil the Real Deal" was a collector, owner, and curator, of Neil's American Dream Museum which opened to the public in West Hartford in 1988. The museum featured entertainment, political, and sports memorabilia from the Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Mickey Mantle, Howdy Doody and President John F. Kennedy were the focus of the collection. His museum had the most extensive Mickey Mantle collection anywhere. Sakow authored, "The Most Mickeys on My Mantle." He spent years entertaining the elderly in nursing homes and hospitals and was well known for his shows produced by West Hartford Community Television. Sakow is survived by his brother, Barry Sakow and his wife Pamela of Austin, TX; nieces and nephew, Blake & Chris Glancy, Barrett Campbell & Tim Zalinger, Hayden Sakow, Brynsley & Enrique Silva-Cano; and a great nephew, Hunter Glancy. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery, 15 Wolcott Rd., East Granby (adjacent to Simsbury Airport). A kid at heart, Neil anonymously donated toys to children at the holidays. Following his lead his family requests donations be made in memory of Neil to: Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington Street Hartford Connecticut 06106 or online at www.connecticutchildrensfoundation.org/give. Your donation will purchase toys for children's therapy. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2014
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