January 5, 1928 - October 14, 2021
Lester Stanley Goldblatt passed away on 10/14/21 at the age of 93 due to natural causes. He left a wake of humor and joy everywhere he went throughout his life. He treated everyone with kindness, respect and dignity, no matter their position or circumstances. Les never found a person he didn’t like. Everyone he met left with a smile on their face and a laugh; he was always an optimist, persistently seeing the lighter side of life. As a family, we thought he was famous because every place we went he would run into someone he knew. “Hey, Les!” He lost his brother (Daniel) during World War II, and felt that loss his whole life. He graduated with a business degree from the University of Minnesota but he truly learned business “on the job”. He had a limitless work ethic mixed with honesty, fairness, creative thinking, and some risk taking. It never seemed like “work” to him; he enjoyed every minute of it, literally up until his passing. As a very young kid, he started delivering newspapers and sold many odd things to make money. He then ran his own lightbulb business, sold matchbook advertising, co-owned a “premium” business, formed an ownership group investing in a number of nursing homes, and then he went on to rent warehouses to businesses, and owned two federally subsidized apartment complexes. His North Minneapolis community stayed tight thru the years, and he carried with him a plethora of wonderful memories from that period of his life. He had many lifetime friends and met with his ROMEO (Real Old Men Eat Out) group every Friday for many years. His biggest joys and “investments” were to his loving wife Bonnie, his 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and great grandchild. As a dedicated family man, there were numerous family cross country adventures in a travel trailer and many winters spent with family and friends in Coronado, California. He also encouraged his children to be independent and was a great role model in how to treat people. He was always there for advice with a great perspective and great thought. He loved golf, even as he struggled with his putting. He loved to read about business, politics and current events and discuss his opinions at the dinner table. He was a Vikings fan during the Bud Grant Super Bowl years and a Twins fan during the excitement of 2 world championships. He was a well-loved husband, father, grandfather, friend and business associate. There is no doubt that he will be missed by many, and that their memories of him will always leave a smile on their faces and laughter in their hearts. Les is survived by his wife Bonnie Goldblatt, his children Daniel (wife Kris Paul), Robert, Terri, Jon and Kim; grandchildren Carly, Emma, Ethan, Andrew, Kelsey, Alison, John Paul (Angelika), Matt Paul, and great-grandchild Alden, sister Harriet Levy and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish Family Children’s Services (jfcsmpls.org) or to the charity of your choice. A private memorial will be held on October 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Others may attend by Zoom, email [email protected] for the link.
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