NEW BRITAIN – A well-known downtown business owner passed away Friday at The Hospital of Central Connecticut from a rare blood disorder.
The death of 72-year-old Orson (Roy) Rothkopf left those who knew him grieving.
“This morning downtown woke to some very sad news; Downtown District Commissioner and owner of Imperial Trophy & City Luggage, Orson “Roy” Rothkopf has passed away, Gerry Amodio, Downtown District executive director, said. “We have lost not just a long time business owner, but a good friend and loyal and dedicated member of our community. Our condolences to his wife Dianne, his children and grandchildren. Rest well Roy, your work here is done.”
For more than 50 years, Rothkopf owned the business at 256 Main St, which used to be Rothkopf’s father’s before he and his wife, Dianne Rubenstein Rothkopf, took over the shop in 1955.
For seven years, Rothkopf had been fighting a disorder that did not allow his body to make red blood cells properly. However, that did not stop him from working; his wife said he never retired.
Rothkopf’s activism showed how much he cared for the New Britain community. He was a member of Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford, a Freemason member, a New Britain Lions Club member, and a commissioner on the board of the New Britain Downtown District. In addition, Rothkopf was a member of the New Britain High School Class of 1964 Alumni Association, and he was the president of the Irv Black Track & Field Invitational.
Rothkopf started a soccer tournament, to honor his son who passed away years ago. He donated the trophies at the tournament, which is played by the New Britain Youth Soccer League every year in October.
There will be a graveside funeral service on Sunday to honor Rothkopf’s life at at Beth Alom Cemetery, located at 48 Allen Street, at 3 p.m. It will be followed by a reception at the Masonic Temple, at 10 Mason Drive.
Additionally, Shiva will be held Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at 1536 Stanley St. There will be driveway and parking provided on Francis Street.
Shiva will also be held at Rothkopf’s son’s home in Massachusetts, Wednesday through Friday. Funeral arrangements will be provided by Hebrew Funeral Association of West Hartford.
Donations will be accepted to the Unity Lodge #148 (c/o Timothy Cavauaugh, Secr, P.O Box 480, North Haven, CT 06473) or American Society of Hematology (https://webapps.hematology.org/donation/default.aspx) or donor’s choice.