GOLDSTEIN--Howard E., April 23, 1931 - March 21, 2010. Howard Goldstein grew up in the liquor industry. His father and grandfather started Standard Food, a noted distributor of brands like Seagrams and Bacardi. Howard managed and built Standard Food Wholesalers which was sold to Herman Merinoff of Charmer. Later he started his own import company, Wellington, which he sold to Bell's Scotch. Howard had been an industry innovator with his numerous launches of successful brands like Finlandia Vodka, Aguardiente Crystal, Boucheron, Barbella (which is named for his wife Barbara and the Italian word Bella for pretty) and finally Hpnotiq Liqueur. Outside of his achievements, within the liquor industry, he is most known for his charitable activities. Howard was a vice president of the National Committee for the Prevention Child Abuse and was honored at the White House for his contributions. Anonymously he sent the children and parents of the local Ronald McDonald House to the circus every year. He is survived by his brother Stewart, his sister Rhona, his beloved wife Barbara, and his children Elizabeth with her husband Eric and daughter Josie and his son James with wife Rachel.
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 23, 2010