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Milton Pedolsky was born in Poughkeepsie on March 17, 1918 to Ralph Pedolsky and Rose Brodsky. He was a graduate of Cooper Union School of Art, Class of 1939. It was at Cooper that he met his wife-to-be, Beverly Finger. He and Beverly married June 13, 1944 before he went off to serve in a map-making brigade in India and Okinawa during WWII.

After the war, Milton returned to New York. He and Beverly moved into Stuyvesant Town and he began his professional career as a graphic designer. Son Richard was born in 1947 and daughter Andrea in 1951 at which time the family moved to Port Washington into the newly built development of Eastern Crest. Milton joined a new brigade of "Dashing Dans," commuting on the LIRR - on the 8:05 to Penn Station in the morning and the 6:11 back home at night.

Milton loved nothing better that to be in the company of Beverly, his family and his friends. He saw his children through Main Street School, Weber Junior High and Paul D. Schreiber High School; college; and their forays into the working world. He played tennis at Sam Shore's and scrabble at Bar Beach; ate pepper steak at Young's Chinese American (where they always had a slice of white bread on hand for him), and pastrami at the Alcove. He loved music, art, travel, books, the movies, Beverly's soups, chocolate ice cream, Jack Benny and Mel Blanc. He made a mean Whiskey Sour and painted beautiful paintings. Milton admired Franklin Roosevelt, Norman Thomas and Adlai Stevenson, but shared Buckminster Fuller's observation that the problem with American politics is that it's too much about dragging people down from the top, rather than pulling people up from the bottom. Milton was a most tolerant man, except when it came to greed and hypocrisy, a trait which may have hindered his career, but made him a uniquely wonderful husband, father and friend.

Milton's beloved Beverly died suddenly and tragically in June of 1995. A series of illnesses followed, which finally necessitated his leaving his home of 45 years and moving into a nursing facility. Milton died on Feb. 18, 1998 just short of his 80th birthday. He will always be dearly loved and sorely missed by his daughter, Andrea and Nicholas; his son, Richard, daughter-in-law Cilla; and grandson Isak; and his many dear friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held on April 7 at 4 p.m. at Cooper Union, Peter Cooper Suite, 7 E. 7th St., NYC. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged, Inc. or Cooper Union.




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