GOTTFRIED, BERTRAM DAVID, September 23, 2011. Bert Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 5, 1938 to Sadye Cohen and Max Gottfried. On September 23 after a long hard fight with diabetes and vascular problems, Bert's body just couldn't take any more. He went to sleep for the last time. Bert is survived by his wife, Susan Healy Senkbeil, his daughter Vikki and husband Scott Faluotico, their childen Abigail Rose and Maxwell
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Patrick, his son Keith and wife
Cindy, their children Sophie and Benjamin, and his first wife and friend, Rosalie Penso. He was pre-deceased by his step-son, Richard Gary Senkbeil. Bert was a long-time employee of Oliva Cigar Company and was fondly known in the cigar industry as "The Immortal". Every year the Oliva Cigar Company gives out the Bert Gottfried Award to their most successful salesman. The creation of that award was one of the highlights of Bert's life. Bert was a huge n-guage train buff and helped start a model train club in Bervard in the 1990's. Bert's first love though, was the cigar business. He was one of the most successful and well-loved cigar salesman in the industry and will long be remembered as the one who gave many other dealers and salesmen their start. He was instrumental in Oliva Cigar's early success, and a played a big part in making Oliva a leader in the industry. Bert requested no funeral. The family will host an informal memorial service Monday, Sept. 26 at his home in West Melbourne after Noon. Condolences may be left on Bert's Facebook page. The family requests that donations be made to a
in Bert's name. Brownlie Maxwell is handling Bert's cremation.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on September 25, 2011