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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Mr. Stanley Goldstein z”l, Owner of Bencraft Hatters
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mr. Shloime Elimelech Goldstein, owner of the renowned hat store chain Bencraft Hatters.
He was 83.
Stanley was known to frum Jews around New York and the world as the owner of the Bencraft hat store in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg area that was established in 1949 by his father, Ben Goldstein.
Stanley joined the business in 1954, which soon expanded to a second location on 13th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn.
Chassidim of all types have been purchasing their hats from Goldstein for generations, which were sold with his unique personality and charm.
“He was a very charming, personable and generous person,” Bencraft employee Yitzi Feigenson told COLlive.com. “He had a smile that really struck you. He was a true gentleman.”
A resident of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, Goldstein, along with his son Steven, are generous supporters of a number of causes.
“He was a legend,” said long-time employee in the Boro Park store Asher Bitton. “He was a ba’al Tzedaka to so many people and organizations. People had no idea of the extent of his kindess.”
The levaya will take place tomorrow, Friday at 11:00 am at Sinai Chapels, 162-05 Horace Harding Expy, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.
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