R’ Michel Raskin, the iconic founder of Raskin’s Fruit store on Kingston Avenue, passed away on Sunday, 22 Teves, 5782.
He was 92.
R’ Michel, the eldest of four brothers, was born in Leningrad to his parents, the Chosid Reb Aaron Leib Laine HY”D and Doba Raiza Raskin OBM, who lived and raised their children with Mesiras Nefesh.
Before the War, Michel went to reside with his Zeideh, the famed Rov and Mashpia, Reb Yehoshua Laine HYD (R’ Shiya Beshinkovitz) in Rudniya, near Lubavitch. As the Germans advanced on Leningrad, Michel joined his mother and brothers in Gorki, where they lived out the war years in the home of his grandparents, Reb Shlome and Basya Chaya Yente Raskin. Michel’s young father perished on 10 Shevat in the siege of Leningrad, leaving the young Michel responsible for his family.
The family would eventually leave Russia during the “Great Escape”, arriving in New York in 1953.
After his marriage to Dania (nee Rubashkin), he founded Raskin’s Fruit Store on Kingston Avenue, an iconic shop for produce and groceries. The shop provided fruits and vegetables to the home of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin.
The shop on the corner of Kingston Avenue at the corner of President Street has since grown to a world renowned family-run enterprise.
He and his wife were renowned for their open home, welcoming guests from around the world at all times.
He is survived by his wife, Dania and children, Arik Raskin – Crown Heights, Gutel Edelman – Deerfield Beach Fl, Mashie Markowitz – Crown Heights, Avremi Raskin – Melbourne, Australia, Zeldie Treitel – Hampstead, Canada, Shalom Raskin – Crown Heights, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers Dovid Laine and Benzion Raskin of Crown Heights.
The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Monday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 1:00 pm, passing by 770 at 2:00 PM.
The family is sitting Shiva at 1355 President St.
8 am – 9 am – 10 am
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Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.