Arnold Goldblatt, a “treasure of Larimer Square” and son-in-law of the late, long-time IJN editor Robert S. Gamzey, passed away peacefully Nov. 21 at his Denver home. He was 87. Rabbi Joe Black officiated at the Nov. 22 graveside service at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
Friends shared many comments with the family, including, “He never had a bad thing to say about anyone”; “He was a first-class gentleman and a caring person”; and “He was one of my favorite people of his generation.”
Mr. Goldbatt was born Sept. 19, 1932, at Beth Israel Hospital in Denver to Saunder Creizler and Sarah Edelman.
The very next day, his parents brought him to Union Mattress and Pillow Co., the family business they owned and operated together at 2640 Larimer.
Arnold lost his father Saunder, who died in an automobile accident while delivering mattresses in downtown Denver, when he was an infant.
In 1932, Sarah remarried Meyer Goldblatt, who adopted her son.
Arnold Goldbatt graduated East High School and CU before he was drafted during the Korean War. He served at the Laon Air Force Base in France.
Honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant, he received the National Defense Service Medal.
Mr. Goldblatt, who attended the DU Law School for one year and earned a BA in law, did not complete law school because his parents needed him at the factory.
He married Barbara Gamzey, daughter of IJN Editor Robert Gamzey, in 1958.
Following the sale of the factory, Mr. Goldblatt continued working at his office on Larimer Square, managing his investments until a week before his death.
The family thinks he holds the record for the consecutive number of days worked on Larimer Street — 87 in all.
An avid fly fisherman who enjoyed the outdoors, he loved his family and close friends.
Arnold Goldblatt is survived by Barbara Goldblatt, his wife of 61 years; children Neil (Sarah) Goldblatt and Sheri (David) Gellman; and grandchildren Caroline, Grace, Natalie and Sarah Gellman and Alie and Andrew Goldblatt.
Contributions may be made to CU’s Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center on the Anschutz Campus or Temple Emanuel.
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