Harold “Hal” Borovetz, 93, of New Albany, passed away on Oct. 30, 2020. Preceded in death by parents Jacob and Ida Borovetz, and sister Cecelia Kanselbaum. Survived by his wife, Carol Borovetz; son, Jeffrey (Pamela) Borovetz; daughters, Jane (Dean) Nations and Julie Borovetz; grandchildren, Jake (Caroline) Nations, Jared (fiancée, Taylor) Nations, Aly Borovetz, Avery Borovetz, Zachary Borovetz and Carly Borovetz; great-granddaughter, Ella Nations; sister in-law, Sue Weiss; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Hal was born in 1927 in Youngstown to Russian immigrant parents. He attended Roosevelt, Lincoln and East high schools and during WWII , at the age of 17, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the USCG air-sea rescue , a part of the U.S. Navy during WWII. As a veteran, he later trained at Lakehurst, N.J., naval air station as a meteorologist.
While at Youngstown State University, he was president of the Sigma Delta Beta fraternity. He was active in the arts, exhibiting his work at the Butler Art Institute, where he won several awards. He was elected to the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student at Youngstown College (now Youngstown State University). He was a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Artists.
Throughout his career, he was president of Lighting Corp of America, a partner with Albee Homes, founded Circle Homes and was founder and president of Suncraft Corporation, which is one of America’s first professional deck building companies.
He was so proud to be on the board of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, an arbitrator with the Columbus BBB and a volunteer with Circle of Friends.
He volunteered with the American Cancer Society to oversee the rebuilding of their headquarters in Columbus. He also worked with Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann to oversee the building of the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany.
He played the trumpet and stand up bass with the big bands of the 1940s.
He enjoyed the arts, flower gardening, listening to the sweet music of the 40s and especially traveling all over the world with Carol. He was an avid follower of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Hal was dedicated to his wife, Carol, the love of his life. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter and could not have been more proud of them. He will be missed dearly but lives are brighter for having shared time with him and his cheerful and generous spirit.
Contributions in Hal’s memory may be made to Temple Beth Shalom and Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany.
Online guestbook at epsteinmemorial.com.