Hershel M. Graubart, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of Maurice and Anna Graubart. Hershel served with the Combat Engineers in France during WW2 after he had been trained at Fort Benning on the care and maintenance of an odagraph.
Hershel was a Certified Gemologist with the American Gem Society, the past President of the NYS Jewelers Association, and the past President of the Tri-State Guild of the AGS.
An entrepreneur with multiple business ventures, Hershel was most proud of his jewelry store, Graubart Jewelers in Schenectady.
Hershel loved life and frequently traveled to NYC, attended the annual AGS Conclave, and looked forward to his annual trip to the Excalibur in Las Vegas.
Hershel was predeceased by his wife and the love of his life of 42 years, Hazel, as well as his brother Walter Graubart and sister Rosalie Graubart.
He was the loving father of Steven (Kathy) Graubart of Guilderland, NY and Sheryll (John) Hoffman of Glenville NY, beloved grandfather to Jeffrey Graubart, Christopher Graubart, Shana Hoffman, and Tara Hoffman, great grandfather to Warren Grandstaff and devoted uncle of Susan (David) Korn of NYC.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00AM on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Congregation Agudat Achim
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Hershel’s life following the funeral at 12:30PM at the Turf Tavern, 40 Mohawk Ave., Scotia NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a contribution to the Animal Protective Foundation or the American Cancer Society.