Morey Oster
Morey Oster was born May 24, 1930 to parents Isidore and Beatrice (Glassman) Oster in Hartford, CT. Morey grew up in the North End neighborhood attending Hartford Public Schools and graduated from Weaver High School in 1948. He maintained an excellent GPA while working full time for the Board of Education. He was observed to have unique talents that led him to be appointed to the position of School Printer by the principal. Following high school, Morey began working for the Hartford Courant in their accounting department and then at New England Typographic Service. This began a lifelong career in newspapers, printing and advertising including 19 years at the Hartford Times until it closed its doors in October of 1976. Morey enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and was stationed in Montgomery, AL, Air University Command, 3899th Field Printing Squadron as Staff Sergeant until his honorable discharge in 1955. Morey was a lifetime member of the Jewish War Veterans and past Commander of Hartford Post #45. Morey married and settled in Windsor, CT. where he raised his three daughters, Leslie Ruth, of Portland, ME, Susan Elizabeth, of Windsor, CT and Judith Ann of Asheville, NC. He was a proud grandfather to his only grandchild Benjamin Lincoln Oster, son of Susan. Morey was a devoted husband to his second wife Gail Mayer and they were together for over 30 years. He was a brother to his one sister Harriet Levine, of Rocky Hill, CT, wife of Nahum Levine and an uncle to nephew, Jeffrey Levine of Rocky Hill, CT. his wife Mary and their two children, Andrew and Olivia. Born of the Jewish faith he was a member of several area synagogues including a 25-year member of the former Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh in Bloomfield, CT. Morey lived in Windsor, CT for almost 25 years raising a family. He was then a resident of Bloomfield, CT for more than 25 years and, after many years as a "snow bird," settled permanently on Florida's West Coast in 2014. Morey was involved in community and civic activities in both of his residences. He was a member of the Mills Pond Condo Board and Palmetto Captains Court Condo Assoc. where he served as Vice President. One of Morey's most notable accomplishments in later life had been working with the Palms of Terra Ceia Bay Community Development District in developing an environmentally protected area and making it a nature preserve. He was instrumental in the founding and establishment of the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Bloomfield. He was especially proud that it is a community course opened to all as golf was one of his many pleasures. Amongst his most moving contributions were his involvements with the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford and the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Over the course of his life, Morey was awarded many certificates of achievement and accolades for his tireless devotion to his numerous causes. Morey worked well into his seventies and then dove wholeheartedly into retirement. He was an avid classical music fan and devotee of the fine arts; happiest with Gail by his side, at concerts of the Hartford Pops, Florida Symphony Orchestra and at the John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art. He regularly attended lectures and seminars to keep his mind sharp and was very politically minded. He was a great tinkerer, coined the "affable Mr. Fix It" and occupied his time with his many projects. Morey, or "Mo" as he was known to most everyone; not withstanding the random grocery clerk or the mailman as it seemed that everybody knew him, was a man of great character and had a tremendous sense of humor. He had a knack for always making you feel comfortable in his presence. He loved a "good deal" and relished in finding one. A well made pastrami rueben was his perfect food even if it meant driving 20 miles for and butter was his condiment of choice. He was kind and gentle and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Most importantly, he made his family his priority his entire life. He was so proud of his daughters and his grandson and would shout it from the rooftops to anyone who would listen; and for this, he will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. Serenaded by a final symphony for the violin and surrounded by his immediate family, Morey was laid to rest with full military honors on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery in East Granby, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations will graciously be accepted to the following in his name: Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the Museum of Jewish Civilization/University of Hartford Florida Holocaust Museum Arrangements were entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford, CT. For further information or to sign the guest book for Morey Oster, please visit online at

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