TRAGEDY: Reb Shmuel Isaac Popack, 93, OBM
Reb Shmuel Isaac Popack, a chossid and wealthy resident of Crown Heights, passed away on Friday night at 93.
R' Shmuel Isaac Popack, a long-time resident of Crown Heights whose wealth is traced to a single motion at an opportune time, has passed away on Friday night, 4 Sivan 5772.
He was 93.
He was born in Barre, Vermont, known as the world's largest granite quarry, where his father Rabbi Avrohom Popack OBM served as a Rabbi, shochet and mohel, at the instruction of the Frierdiker Rebbe.
The family later moved to Brooklyn, NY, but Vermont remained a focal point for Popack when his youngest daughter Zeesy moved on Shlichus with her husband Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin to Burlington.
Shmuel Isaac eventually made his home in the Crown Heights neighborhood, where the Rebbe lived and encouraged chassidim not to abandon the area in the face of its changing population.
Popack went on to become the owner of many buildings and properties in the area and his success is attributed to a farbrengen at 770 Eastern Parkway when the Rebbe offered riches to participants and he was one of the three that raised their hand to accept.
He is survived by his wife Miriam Popack and their children Mrs. Chana Piekarski of Crown Heights; Shliach Rabbi Yisroel Meir Popack of Denver, Colorado; Yossi Popack of the Five Towns in NY; Mrs. Toby Hendel of Migdal Haemek, Israel; Mrs. Chaya Rivka Feldman of Crown Heights and Mrs. Zeesy Raskin of Vermont.
The levaya will take place Tuesday. More details to follow.
Baruch dayan haemes.