Edward Honiberg
Edward Honiberg, 89, died on Monday, (November 5, 2007) at the Hebrew Home & Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. He was born in Hartford, on July 7, 1918, to the late Simon and Hilda Honiberg. He was the youngest of three brothers. Edward graduated from Weaver High School in 1936. Both older brothers became pharmacists, with Leon, the oldest operating a professional pharmacy and medical supply firm in New Jersey, and Aaron operating a professional pharmacy and medical supply firm on Albany Avenue. Ed followed in the footsteps of his brothers and following graduation from high school, went on to the Connecticut College of Pharmacy. Upon graduating from pharmacy school, Ed returned to the Hartford area and joined both his father and mother who operated the original Baltimore Drug Store on the corner of Albany Avenue and Baltimore Street in Hartford. He served in the Navy during World War II as a Seabee, and was stationed at Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska. Returning to Hartford after discharge from the service, he met his future wife, Anne Blum, also of Hartford. They were married in 1950. Anne was a talented artist whose creative ideas helped shape the design of the new, much larger Baltimore Drug Store that Edward proudly opened in 1960 just across the street from the original store. Under Ed's management, Baltimore Drug Store grew to become a vibrant, integral element of the community in the north end of Hartford. In addition to the pharmacy, with its classic counter-style luncheonette, it became a popular place to socialize for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for residents, as well as people employed in the area, and was a focal point for the community. During the tumultuous period of urban unrest during the sixties, while many businesses fled the area, Ed steadfastly refused to abandon the community and will long be remembered for his decision to stay, rebuild and his commitment to the community. After his retirement, he continued his involvement in pharmacy, volunteering for years in the pharmacy at the Hebrew Home and Hospital. He and Anne purchased a condominium in Scottsdale, AZ and enjoyed spending winters there with their daughter Barbara and her husband, Len, watching their grandchildren grow up in their early years. Anne and Ed were married for more than 57 years. Edward leaves behind his beloved wife, Anne, also a resident of the Hebrew Home; two children and their spouses, Scott and Robyn Honiberg of Oakton, VA, and Barbara Honiberg and Len Tamsky, M.D., of Phoenix, AZ; and four dearly loved grandchildren: Catherine and Jeffrey Tamsky of Phoenix; and Zachary and Lillie Honiberg of Oakton. Edward leaves several nieces and nephews from his brother's side of the family: Rosemary Rogers of West Hartford, and Mark Honiberg and his wife Marnie of West Hartford. He also leaves behind a devoted brother-in-law, Bernard Blum and his wife Helen, and their children, Mara, Jerrold and Steven Blum; and a cousin, Cora Altschuler and her husband Michael, all of the Hartford area. Edward was predeceased by brothers, Leon, and Aaron, and by Aaron's youngest daughter, Susan. Edward will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his kind, sweet, gentle soul that endeared him not only to his family, but to the community served by Baltimore Drug Store for approximately 40 years. His family expresses sincere thanks to the warm and caring staff of the Hebrew Home and Hospital who have been instrumental in his care and comfort over the last several years. We shall always be grateful for their loving attention. The family owes a special debt of gratitude to Joy Hughes, Edward's private duty aide, who helped care for him for over five years, having accompanied him from his private home in West Hartford, to the Hebrew Home. As his most significant caretaker over this period, she gave him comfort, encouragement, companionship and love, and helped Anne maintain Ed in their house as long as possible. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the Hebrew Home and Hospital. Interment will follow in the Beth El Cemetery, 51 Jackson Street (off Arch Road) Avon, CT 06001. Following burial, family and friends will be received at the home of Jerrold and Arlene Blum of 28 High Wood Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002, at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Home & Hospital, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, 06117. Arrangements entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Edward with his family, please visit online at

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