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Rueben Vine Obituary
VINE, RUEBEN W. Rueben "Rubie" William Vine, 86, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, formerly of the New Haven, CT, area, husband of Sharon Berry died on Oct. 11, 2011. Born in New Haven, CT, Dec. 13, 1924, son of the late Gertrude and Julius Vine. Survived by sister, Eva (Sam) Weinstein of Highland, IN., children Roberta Vine & Alan (Patty) Vine. Cherished grandfather of Robert, Kristina & Kevin. Also survived by Sharon 's children Alisa Shakelford & Joshua Schwartz. Brother of the late Israel (Lillian) Vine, Bertha (Herbert) Krasnow & Sam Vine. A WWII Veteran, wounded 3 times & captured at the Battle of the Bulge, he served in the 28th Division, 112th Infantry Anti-tank Platoon. Rubie earned several medals including the purple heart with 2 clusters. Rubie grew up in New Haven's Legion Ave. area, graduating from Commercial High School. He started his business career at the age of 9 by selling the N.H. Register which he continued until his enlistment. Once discharged from the service, he sold pots, pans & other items door to door. He founded Railroad Salvage stores in New Haven in 1950, one of the first "closeout" stores. Rubie starred in his own commercials throughout his business life. There were many other business investments, including the purchase of Blakeslee Prestress in 1976, now flourishing with the aid of its top executives, who have become part of the Vine family. Rubie was a member of the Jewish War Veterans & marched in Washington in 1948 for the support of Israel's statehood. He was also a member of the Veteran's of the Battle of the Bulge. In 1987 he received the Oak Street "Man of the Year" award and also received an honorary Doctorate from the University of New Haven. Rubie was an active supporter of the Jewish Community Center. Funeral services at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven MONDAY morning, Oct. 17, 2011 at 11:00 o'clock with Interment Services to follow at Rambam Lodge Cemetery, Brockett Place, East Haven. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525. The period of mourning will be observed in private by the family. www.shurefuneralhome.com

Published in the New Haven Register on Oct. 16, 2011
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