R ‘ Michel raskin, the iconic founder of Raskin’s Fruit store on Kingston Avenue, passed away on Sunday 22 Teves, 5782. Full Story
R ‘ Michel raskin, the iconic founder of Raskin’s Fruit store on Kingston Avenue, passed away on Sunday 22 Teves, 5782.
He was 92 years old.
R ‘Michel, the eldest of four brothers, was born in Leningrad to his parents, the Chosid Reb Aaron Leib Laine HY ”D and Doba Raiza Raskin OBM, who lived and raised her children with Mesiras Nefesh.
Before the war, Michel went to live with his Zeideh, the famous Rov and Mashpia, Reb Yehoshua Wool HYD (R ‘Shiya Beshinkovitz) in Rudniya, near Lubavich. As the Germans advanced on Leningrad, Michael joined his mother and brothers in Gorky, where they lived through the war years in the house of his grandparents, Reb Shlome and Basya Chaya Yente Raskin. The young father of Michael perished on the 10th Shevat during the siege of Leningrad, leaving the young Michael responsible for his family.
The family will eventually leave Russia during the “Great Escape”, arriving in New York in 1953.
After her marriage to Dania (née Rubashkin), he founded Raskin’s Fruit Store on Kingston Avenue, an iconic produce and grocery store. The store supplied fruit and vegetables to the Rebbe’s and Rabbetzin’s house.
The store on the corner of Kingston Avenue at the corner of President Street has since grown into a world-class family business.
He and his wife were renowned for their open house, welcoming guests from all over the world at all times.
He is survived by his wife, Dania and the children, Arik Raskin – Crown heights, Gutel Edelman – Deerfield Beach Fl, Mashie Markowitz – Crown heights, Avremi Raskin – Melbourne, Australia, Zeldie Treitel – Hampstead, Canada, Shalom Raskin – Crown Heights, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers Dovid Wool and Benzion Raskin of Crown Heights.
The family asks that his wife not be contacted or informed of his death.
The Levaya will be held tomorrow Monday, departing from Shomrei Hadas at Boro Park at 1:00 p.m., passing through 770 at 2:00 p.m.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.