Irving Witkes, 87, of Worcester died Aug. 2. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Leah (Rafer) Witkes. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Alexander and Faye (Sadowsky) Witkes, and was a lifelong resident of Worcester. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines. He graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston. He was one of the founders of Rome Building Products in Worcester, a family business which is still in existence today, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Beth Israel Synagogue, the Jewish Healthcare Center, B’nai Brith and was a longtime member of Mount Pleasant Country Club. He is survived by two sons, Howard Witkes and his wife, Alice, of Boston and Neil Witkes and his wife, Ann of Gladwyn, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Samantha, Jason, Alex and Michael Witkes. He was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Rosenblum.
 Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609; or the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. RICHARD PERLMAN OF MILES FUNERAL HOME, HOLDEN


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