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RUBIN, Saul It is with a broken heart I make known the death of my husband, Saul Rubin. Saul died on the evening of July 10, 2017, a great loss to all who loved him. Many friends and family members remain, including his mother, Francis Filler Rubin; his sister, Trudy Rubin, and his wife and partner of 32 years, Syrl Silberman. Returning Saul to the earth will be private. A celebration of his life will be held in September. May Saul's memory be a blessing to all. Donations in his memory may be made to: Boston Latin School Association, 27 School Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02108. Visiting Hours: Shiva to be observed at our home on Thursday, July 20, from 5 until 7 PM, Friday, July 21 from 4 until 7 PM, and Sunday, July 23 from 3 until 6 PM. Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home, Lowell

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February 7, 2018
From our freshman days in Welch Hall in 1966, Saul was one of the fixtures of my Yale life and beyond. As a dropout the next year, I moved to the Boston area and found a new circle of friends thanks to Saul, including my first serious romance. Over the years, through Saul's early health crisis and discovery of his career calling as a bespoke carpenter and cabinet-maker, we kept in touch intermittently, the most enduring of my Yale friendships. Along the way, his sister Trudy also became a valued friend. When he met and married Syrl, it was clear that he had put all the pieces together for a wonderful life, which he lived fully to the end.

In April 2016, Saul and Syrl arranged for Amy and me to join them at a Red Sox game, a banner day at Fenway despite the score and the chill in the air. The four of us also greeted "Paul Revere" and "William Dawes" on Patriots Day as they rode by a few blocks from Saul and Syrl's home en route to Concord. On other occasions, Saul shared historical notes with us on visits to the Lexington-Concord battlefields and the historic industrial town of Lowell.

Saul inspired me early on with his idealistic but practical-minded activism, his courage in the face of illness, and later his dedication to craft and to his spouse. His and Syrl's unfailing, relaxed hospitality and good cheer made them exceptional friends to us regardless of the time that passed between our meetings. I miss him.
David Monk
July 22, 2017
Harriet Reisen
Saul's presence was such a part of our Arlington home -- the beautiful cherry library he fitted so painstakingly to a 100 year-old room without a straight line, as he said, the pillar on the porch that so closely matched the originals it became a game to figure which one it was, the elegant dressing room that saved our bedroom from becoming a heap of clothes, and a little table to fit a tile picture we bought in Mexico. As much as the work, it was the time he spent with us making those projects, so kind and generous and smart and lovable that was a gift to me and Tony. And to know Syrl independently, and to learn that she and Saul found each other was a joy I witnessed not just at their wedding but many times after, but not as many as I wish. Syrl, I'm sorry we can't come to the shiva, but please let us know about the memorial in September. Love, Harriet and for Tony
Harriet Reisen
July 15, 2017
So sorry to hear this news. Saul seemed a wonderful presence and very gentle soul. Warm thoughts to Syrl and the family.
Amanda & Dick Heller
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