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Richard Neft

NEFT: On Wednesday, Jan. 1, Richard Neft (Dick) entered into eternity surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Rhoda Shear Neft and the beloved father of Andrew (Nonna) and Bryan (Julie Cohen), the grandfather of Shmuel (Esther), Simon, Justin, Polina, and Zoe Neft and the great-grandfather of Menachem Mendel and Levi Neft, the brother of Howard (Lynn) Neft of Scottsdale, Arizona, and the brother-in-law of Herb (Barbara) Shear as well as the uncle of Jordan Neft, Rachel (Chris) Neft DePalma, Gerald (Jenny) Shear and John (Judith) Shear. Dick was the long-time owner of Sol’s Sporting Goods Stores of Pittsburgh. Later in life, he ran Travel Enterprises, a travel agency in the North Hills. Dick was an avid fisherman and fly fisherman who loved to fish the lakes and streams of Western Pennsylvania and Canada. He and Rhoda enjoyed traveling extensively. And in addition to the pride he took in his family’s accomplishments, Dick was proud of supporting the Wilkinsburg community by founding and nurturing to success the Wilkinsburg Farmer’s Market. Dick was a long-time member of Rodef Shalom Congregation and for many years conducted Shabbat services on behalf of the congregation’s outreach programs for residents at Schenley Gardens. Dick was the ultimate salesman who could pick up a conversation with friends and strangers alike. A graveside service was held on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2019 at the Mausoleum of Beth Shalom Cemetery.

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