RIVERSIDE NATIONAL CEMETERY
May 15, 2021
Our dad, Al Mandelbaum, 96, left us on Mother's Day to join Florence-- his wife and best friend of 71 years. A WW2 Navy Vet, he is buried with her on a beautiful grassy hill at the National Cemetery in Riverside. Al-and-Florence (one word) traveled the world and America's backroads. They criss-crossed America in an Airstream trailer many times. They are now on their forever roadtrip. We miss him and remember his legacy and insights and zest. We loved him and he loved us. Al was a big man-- and bigger personality. A "they don't make 'em like Al Mandelbaum anymore" guy. He was a Pharmacist and retired at age 80 as a forensic Pharmacist. He was a life-long member of the 1199 Union and served for many years as a delegate. He loved music, especially opera, Barbara Streisand and Paul Robeson. He loved to tinker, play the piano, go on junkets with Florence, read American history and non-fiction, and was extremely active in Brandeis film and social groups. He worked very hard to provide for his family. The other day in one of his last FaceTime calls with us, he credited his long life with "having a wonderful family and everybody checking in and not too many checking out." Mother's Day was Al and Florence's most special day of the year. May 9, 2021 was their first without each other, and he couldn't let her be by herself. That's how he was... waving in the rear-view mirror, are Al's kids, Sam (Erica), Bert (Ruth), Reeva (Stuart Cohen); grandkids Lia, Ben, Rachel (Landon), Jordan, Ava, great grandson Andes, sister Gloria Grover, several nieces-- and the grins and great Al stories of all who knew him.