Isidore Haiblum

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1935 - 2012
ISIDORE HAIBLUM (1935-2012)


Isidore Haiblum -- writer, loving husband and great friend – was a gentle man known for his integrity, joie de vivre and sense of humor. He died peacefully at home (October 25, 2012) in New York City.

A quintessential New Yorker, Isidore grew up a Yiddish-speaker in a home that was filled with music, books and the sounds of Eastern European languages.

As a young man, Izzy, as he was known to his friends, showed the sharp intellect, boundless curiosity and vivid wit that characterized him as a person and as a writer. He delved into politics and was a champion of civil rights and social justice. He also developed a lifetime passion for music.

At City College of New York, he earned an honors degree for his knowledge of English literature and Yiddish, as well as his gifts as a writer. Despite an affinity for teaching, he chose the more difficult path of becoming an independent author. His 18-published novels carry the unmistakable mark of his quirky sense of humor and fine-tuned ear for languages. They also reflect his love for New York City and the miles Isidore walked as he worked out plots. His books have been translated into eight languages.

Isidore, a confirmed bachelor, married the love of his life and fellow author, Ruth Aleskovsky, in 1994. Unable to continue his work as a writer after suffering a stroke in 2008, Isidore, nonetheless, continued to demonstrate the courage, wit and unquenchable optimism that were the hallmarks of his character.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, numerous friends and countless readers.

Join us in celebrating Isidore Haiblum's life on Saturday, November 10, at 1 p.m. in the Parlor Room, St. Paul and St. Andrew (SPSA), 86th Street and West End Avenue. RSVP: [email protected]

Isidore, Olev Hasholem, Go in Peace

Memorial gifts in Isidore Haiblum's name can be made to:
Concerts in Motion (www.concertsinmotion.org) or
Visiting Nurse Service of New York – In-Home Hospice Care (www.vnsny.org)
Published on NYTimes.com from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012
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