Robert A. Fortinsky

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Dec. 27, 2012

Robert A. (Bob) Fortinsky, 87, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away early Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012.

A resident of Kingston, he was a son of the late Dora Popky Fortinsky and the late Jacob Fortinsky.

He graduated from E.L. Meyers High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Penn State University.

Upon graduation from college, he enlisted in the Army, where he served as a second lieutenant.

He founded Fortune Fabrics in 1949, becoming a third-generation weaver, and this was his passion until the day he died. He was widely regarded as a business visionary and others sought him out, whether it was for his candid advice or just an encouraging word. He had a zest for life and a genuine need to help others. He served on countless boards; his philanthropy was unmatched and often anonymous.

He was an avid golfer and piano player, playing his beloved piano daily, entertaining his great-grandchildren. A Penn State fan, he never missed a home game, and reveled in sharing the game with friends and family.

He was past president of Temple Israel, the JCC as well as numerous other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his brother Harold.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Rabinowitz Fortinsky; daughters, Judy Null and husband Jeffery, Jill Schwartz and Dave Brown; sister, Jeanne Fainberg; brother Charles Fortinsky; seven grandchildren, Michael; Haley and her husband, Joe; Greg and his wife, Samantha; Kerry and her husband, George; Hal and his wife, Sarah; Eric and his wife, Megan; Kady and three great-grandchildren, Bria, Jada and Ella.

His funeral will be at Temple Israel today, Dec. 28, 2012 at 1 p.m. Shiva will be held at the home of Jill Schwartz, 857 Nandy Drive, Kingston, on Saturday from 6 until 8 p.m. and Sunday through Wednesday from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Arrangements are by the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Wilkes-Barre.

The family would like to thank Bob's wonderful caretakers and his longtime secretary, Barbara Shadie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Association for the Blind, or .


Published in Times Leader on Dec. 28, 2012
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