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Harold Lassoff


1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Harold Lassoff Obituary
1927 - 2016 Harold Lassoff passed away on Monday March 7th in Santa Monica. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Grace and his four sons and nine grandchildren. Harold was a Brentwood icon, a pharmacist who started Brent-Air Pharmacy in 1950. Brent-Air Pharmacy has served Brentwood for more than 65 years. The drug store has been the scene of many famous scandals and, like its defunct West Hollywood cousin Schwab's, is known as the pharmacy to the stars, where many now-notable actors and actresses worked as delivery boys or "candy counter" girls. Harold was honored by the City of Los Angeles as Brentwood Citizen of the Year in 1992. Harold was renowned for his witty and biting sense of humor, his tireless campaigning on behalf of Brentwood Village and his amazing carpentry skills. He was a lifelong dog lover and was extremely fond of Sam, his lovely black Labrador. Even though he was cursed (blessed?) with four sons, Harold was always the ultimate gentleman and his many daughters-in-law can attest to his old-world manners. An author par excellence, Harold wrote a controversial series of articles for the Brent-Air Pharmacy newsletter in the days before internet blogs. Harold was a no-nonsense man and had a low tolerance for bureaucracy or pompousness. One of his obsessions was parking in front of his drugstore and was known to guard the freedom of parking in Brentwood Village, even sometimes ensuring fairness by obstructing those who believed that parking was for the many restaurants in the Village instead of patients needing their medication. Harold was a supreme story teller and liked nothing better than regaling his grandchildren with tales of his life. He loved clowning around with the kids and providing for them. Harold was 'old-school' and made life brighter and less conventional in Brentwood compared to today's corporate, chain-dominated scene. His individualism, his devotion to family life and his uncompromising position with respect to the health and well-being of many generations of patients in Brentwood will be sorely missed. The funeral will be at Mount Sinai at 2:00 on Friday March 11th. Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills 5950 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2016
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