Barry Goldblatt, 82 of Hamden, CT and Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Orange, CT and Danvers, MA, passed away on November 9, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Deeva (Laubstein) Goldblatt and the late Marcia (Weich) Goldblatt of 53 years. He was born in Patterson, NJ, the son of the late Nathaniel and Lillian Goldblatt. He is survived by sons Mitchell (Abby) Goldblatt of Orange, CT, Alan (Tina Ellerbee) Goldblatt of Annandale, VA, and Loel (Ruth) Goldblatt of Simsbury, CT. Grandfather of Carl and Shayna, Zachary, Allison, and Leo, and Ari and Noah. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Baumstein of Fair Lawn, NJ, and several nieces and nephews.
He received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering with honors from Lehigh University in 1954 and an MS Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.
As a Second Lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps, he spent two years at Aberdeen Proving Ground (MD) as the Commanding Officer of the 580th Ordnance Repair Detachment and later as an instructor.
He spent over 40 years in the manufacture of aircraft engines. He joined the Avco Lycoming Division in Stratford, CT in 1957 as a process engineer rising through the organization to become the Chief Metallurgist. He was later appointed as the Director of the LT-101 Engine Program and as the Engineering Director of the Maintenance Operation Center. In 1984 he joined the Aircraft Engine Business Group of General Electric in Lynn, MA. At GE he held various positions in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Departments, and retired in 1998 as the Manager of the Special Process Technology Center.
While living in Orange, CT, he was a coach and secretary of Orange Little League and was elected as a Constable. He served as a board member, officer, and president of Beth Israel Synagogue in Derby, CT, and the Orange Jewish Community Center Association as well as the West Orange Association. In Danvers, MA he was elected Town Meeting Member, and served on the boards of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, MA and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore in Marblehead, MA. While in Danvers, he helped develop the Yellow Candle Program, which became a nationwide movement among Synagogue Men’s Clubs to annually remember the Holocaust. While spending winters in Delray Beach he served on the Temple Torat Emet Men’s Club Board of Directors.
Funeral services were held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 with interment services following at Beth Israel Cemetery, Derby-Milford Road, Orange. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Or Shalom Men’s Club Yellow Candle Fund, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, or Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven (203-562-8244).