William "Bill" F. Rosenblatt passed away peacefully on May 22, 2013 at Concordia at Sumner on Ridgewood Nursing Home. He was 95.|
Born on October 19, 1917 to Julia and Herbert Rosenblatt in Cleveland, Ohio, Bill spent his youth as a good student, jazz piano player, and scrappy entrepreneur selling soap, working at the Cleveland Indians ball park, and launching many other innovative money-making endeavors.
His life became fulfilled when he was introduced to Lillian "Libby" Liberman, and upon their marriage an over 72-year love affair began. He served his country proudly in World War II and the Korean War as a decorated soldier.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Maxwell Rosenblatt; his mother, Julia Harris Rosenblatt; and his brother, Seymour Rosenblatt. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Rosenblatt; two daughters, Ruthie (Nick) George of Akron and Patti (Ron) Weinstein of Vail, Colorado; four grandchildren, Mimi and Rick Kent and Niko and Jessie George; and two great-grandchildren, Sid and Josie Kent. Family and friends were the epicenter of his life. "Uncle Bill", as he is fondly known, never met a stranger. He lived a life of caring and sharing with bottomless kindness and humor.
At age 65 he retired from the family business, Wooster Sheet Metal and Roofing Company and spent the remainder of his time playing tennis, working out, traveling, volunteering for many worthy causes, being a docent at the Inventors Hall of Fame, and trying to master the perfect roasted turkey leg. Most importantly, he remained the example of how to live life with gusto and unconditional love.
For the last almost two years he was nurtured and cared for, with Libby by his side, by the extraordinarily kind and expert nurses, aides, kitchen staff, physical and speech therapists, caretakers Margie, Ella and Dorothy at Concordia at Sumner on Ridgewood. His family thanks all of them and also the Great Lakes Hospice team. He never missed an opportunity to pass out kisses to them and say "May you live a long and healthy life," just as he did.
Funeral service will be held at Temple Israel, 133 Merriman Road, Akron, OH 44303 on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Shiva will follow interment and also Sunday, May 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the home of Ruthie and Nick George.
Bill supported so many facets of the Akron community and would be happy for any local contribution anyone would see fit to make in his memory in lieu of flowers.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from May 23 to May 24, 2013