Boscov chairman, Albert Boscov, dies at 87

READING, Pa. -- Albert Robert Boscov passed away on Feb. 10 at his home, surrounded by his family and the many well-wishes of his extended family of Boscov's communities and employees.

Albert was born in Reading, Pa., on Sept. 22, 1929, the youngest son of Solomon and Ethel Boscov. A graduate of Reading High School, he also graduated with a business degree from Drexel University, where he started his first business, U-Eat-Em delivery service, hero sandwiches delivered by a future hero.

He also received honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees from Albright College, Reading, Pa., and honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and a Doctor of Public Service from Kutztown University.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War . After his service, Albert returned home to join the family business, and in 1962, he opened Boscov's first full-service department store, Boscov's West, in suburban Reading. Boscov's has since become the largest family-owned department store chain in the nation, with 45 stores in seven states, employing more than 7,500 co-workers.

His philanthropy and dedication extended to all the communities Boscov's serves. Boscov's hosts many non-profit programs that generate more than $600,000 a year for thousands of organizations. Boscov's, for example, raised $3.5 million for creating the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. The City of Wilkes-Barre honored Albert by declaring April 4, 1985, "Al Boscov Day" in recognition of his dedication to that community and the leadership role he played in the revitalization of downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Boscov received numerous awards and was also named Retailer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Assn., Retailer of the Year by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Assn., Retailer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Retailers Assn. and, in 2013, was the first inductee of the Pennsylvania Retailers' Hall of Fame. In 2002, the Pennsylvania Society awarded Albert The Society's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement.

Albert was married to Eunice Boscov, and he leaves behind three daughters, five grandchildren, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law and former partner, and many nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private. There will be a public memorial service Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Santander Arena, 700 Penn St., Reading. Doors will open to the public at noon.

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