life-long New Rochelle resident, World War II veteran Murray Mendelsohn, 94
Murray Mendelsohn died on Thursday, April 4 in New Rochelle, the city he loved and lived in his entire life. As a child he went to the original Trinity School and then to Isaac Young Junior High and High School.
His father and mother owned a luggage store, Mendelsohn‘s, on Main Street in the heart of downtown New Rochelle‘s business district.
When World War II began, Murray enlisted and became a proud member of the 159th Engineer Combat Battalion fighting in Europe. He maintained friendships with members of that battalion for the rest of his life, and also participated in the local chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, he returned to help with the store, and eventually he and his wife Marge ran it together. They lived for decades in the family home on Webster Avenue, where he was a wonderful father to his son Marc and daughter Karen.
After he retired, he volunteered at the Westchester branch of SCORE, which provides free mentoring for people interested in starting a small business. He enjoyed using his own experience to help other people get their new local businesses up and running.
Murray was known throughout his life as a generous, kind, insightful, and funny man. He was one of a kind, and will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends.