Harold L. Rothstein, 92, of Boca Raton, FL and West Hartford, CT, died Sunday, November 30, 2014. Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Alexander and Reba (Goldstein) Rothstein. He served in the US Army 169th Infantry as a combat soldier during World War II. After the war, he built one of the region’s major trucking and warehouse firms and became active as a real estate developer. Harold was a general contractor since the early 1960’s, founding Utility Development Corporation in 1967. He was most active in the rehabilitation of neighborhoods and providing quality, safe housing for low income families through federally funded programs, primarily using minority contractors. He was also the general partner in Park Associates and Greater Hartford Realty Corp. He established his reputation as a generous, humanitarian working with the then Greater Hartford Housing Development Fun.
Harold was honored for his job training and his career development efforts by the University of Hartford which awarded him Honorary Alumnus Award for his community service and where he set up scholarship funds. He was also honored by the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. in 2001, the Hartford Jewish Federation for his many contributions as well as being recognized in the Congressional Record, Library of Congress.
Harold was a member of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT, The Chabad House of Greater Hartford in West Hartford, CT, The Benet Rothstein Chabad Jewish Center East of The River in Glastonbury, CT and the Wadsworth Atheneum. In addition, he was a supportive and loving father and grandfather.
He leaves his wife, Marilyn (Feinberg) Rothstein; his children, Dr. Cary S. Rothstein and his wife, Wendy Cole Rothstein, his daughter, Janice Rothstein of West Hartford, CT, his son, Benet Rothstein; his sister, Edna Kupper of Boynton Beach, FL; his grandchildren Aaron and Carley Rothstein and Eric and Daniel Rubenstein as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother David Rothstein.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 5, 2014 in the Sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119 with Rabbi Michael Pincus officiating. Interment will follow in the Beth Israel Cemetery, 27 Jackson Street, Avon, CT. The family will receive relatives and friends at their home in West Hartford immediately following the interment on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Benet Rothstein Child Services at Jewish Family Services or to University of Hartford Reba and Alexander Rothstein Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford, CT. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Harold, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm.