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Leo A. Goldberg


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Leo A. Goldberg Obituary
January 20, 1910 - August 11, 2017 Leo Goldberg, age 107, died peacefully at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family on Friday, August 11. Born in New York on Jan. 20, 1910 to Rose (Kremen) Goldberg and Jacob Goldberg, he spent the vast majority of his life in Los Angeles. His parents arrived from the Ukraine in the first decade of the 20th century and met at a Yiddish Shakespeare festival in New York City. Leo's brother Joseph was born in 1915. The family left NYC and moved first to the Catskills and then to Los Angeles in 1922. After starting high school early, Leo went on to graduate from UCLA in 1930. His class was the first to graduate on the Westwood campus. A generous, warm and outgoing man, he was happiest when he was with family. He loved his children, Michael Jay Goldberg and Linda (Goldberg) Waters, his daughter-in-law Sheila (Berkus) Goldberg and son-in-law Michael Parr, his two grandchildren Tracey Goldberg (Paul Pierson) and Jay Goldberg (Natalie Antoci), and his three great-grandchildren, Sidra, Seth, and Tatum. Leo was married for over 80 years of his life. He remembered his wife Sonia (S'Renco) Goldberg (1911-1989) with love. He adored his second wife, Eva (Persky) Goldberg (1919-2013). Leo had ample room in his heart for his extended family. He loved and is survived by his nieces, Betty Goldberg and Jan Berkowitz, Sioux Rogers, Judith Bloom, nephew, Ira Lansing, Eva's children, Bill Persky and Beth Persky, as well as his many cousins. A child of a poor family, with a father who suffered from tuberculosis, Leo was concerned there wouldn't be money to finish college.  So he bypassed his interest in becoming an academic and studied accounting, thinking he could always drop out to be come a bookkeeper if circumstances required it.  He passed the CPA exam with the highest score in the state.  Unable to even get an interview, he finally found an accounting position where he worked for some years until he and friends bought into a client's small chain of supermarkets.  Eventually, Leo and his brother Joe operated the seven-store chain, King Cole Markets, located in various parts of Los Angeles.  He retired early and later in life he got his stockbroker's license and maintained it in order to keep a desk at his son's office. Leo's desire for knowledge never left him. Recently he was reading a book that covered a period of American history he didn't know much about and explained: "I have holes in my knowledge of this period and really need to fill in the gaps." One of his proudest moments was the period of time he spent at a Santa Barbara think-tank, The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He also had fond memories of the challenging issues he examined while serving as a grand juror in Los Angeles. People often inquired how it was that Leo lived so long. It was not a subject he dwelled on. Was it the cigars he gave up in his 80s? Continuing to take road trips into the last years of his life? Para-gliding at 85? Driving from LA to Palm Springs for his grandson's wedding at 104? He renewed his driver's license at 105. He kept playing bridge until he ran out of people to play with. His last Facebook post was as a centenarian. He was fascinated by new technology, sending emails until his last year. And he was endlessly curious. Quoting poetry during his last years: "Life is real, life is earnest, and the grave is not its goal!" was his favorite. Dearly loved, Leo, you will be missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2017
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