Saul Vinokur, 92, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013 in Waterbury, Conn. He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. on March 1, 1920 to the late Bertha and Jacob Vinokur. Saul was a longtime resident of Eastchester, N.Y.
With his brother Benjamin, Saul was a partner/owner in B&S Specialties Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon for more than 48 years. Saul was also a professional musician, playing saxophone, clarinet and flute for more than 70 years. As this was his passion, he continued playing music with local community bands in Yonkers and Mamaroneck, N.Y., as well as with the Atlanta Concert Band and Callanwolde Concert Band with his daughter, Lisa. Saul was a longtime member of the Musicians Union, Local 38, the Odd-Fellows Organization and the local AARP in Mount Vernon.
He also was a member of CBI Synagogue in Mount Vernon until its closing. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force Band during World War II, stationed in Baton Rouge, La. and was on tour to Casablanca, Morocco during the war. Saul enjoyed boating and fishing, especially on the Galene, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Saul was a tinkerer who loved to use his imagination to create, and he often would make lamps out of just about anything – most notably, musical instruments. In his retirement years, he also refurbished antique chairs and sewing machines. He would often gift these creations to family and friends. For many years, he delighted in sharing vegetables that he grew in his home garden.
Saul will be remembered with love as a devoted husband to his late Beatrice; an adoring father to Drs. Lisa (Ira) Vinokur-Tedoff, Drs. Bruce (Marilyn) Vinokur and Gail (Robert) Burke; a wonderful gramps to Perlman and Bryna Tedoff, Pauley Tedoff, Sidney (Kristen) Burke, Dr. Shayna Burke, Dr. Jessica Vinokur and Lauren (Benjamin) Sigg; and great-gramps to Henry and Hannah Burke. He is survived by his siblings: Benjamin Vinokur, Sophie Vinokur and Elizabeth Gamzon.
Dad had a happy heart and will always be missed by all who knew and loved him.