Harold Mindel, a native born Chelsea-boy, dedicated leader in the North Shore Jewish community, loving brother, devoted father, grandfather and friend to all who have known him passed away on May 30 at his home in Lynn at the age of 91.
Better known to his child-hood friends as “Lefty,” Mr. Mindel graduated from the Williams School in 1944 and Chelsea High in 1947 where he was a pitcher for the varsity baseball team his junior and senior years. He then went on to earn a law degree from Suffolk University in 1953 as well as his Masters of Education from Boston University in 1958. He served as a corporal in the National Guard as part of the 72nd Artillery Battalion before being awarded an honorable discharge in 1952.
Mr. Mindel’s dedication to his community and caring for others is a testament to the legacy that he leaves behind. All of those that knew him would all agree he was a true “mensch,” someone who always cared for others above himself.
Off the record, Harold was also known to be a pretty good dancer and loved any type of music with a Latin beat.
Mr. Mindel is survived by his children David and Holly Mindel of Brooklyn, New York, Andrew Mindel and Debbee Carter of Salisbury, and Hal and Susan Mindel of Boca Raton, Florida; his daughter-in-law Marla Mindel of Marblehead, and five grandchildren, Samantha Barhai, Noah Mindel, Laura Mindel, Robert Mindel and Esme Mindel, as well as two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving sister Shirley Bluestein and her husband Samuel of St. Louis, Missouri, and their children Diane, Alan, Randee and Michelle.
A graveside service was held on June 1 in the Chevra Mishna Cemetery on Fuller Street in Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Harold’s memory to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the North Shore, 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451.
Arrangements were handled by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Visit stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.