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Harold Okun, 93, died Jan. 24 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was predeceased by his wife, Leala (Kuperman) Okun. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Morris and Esther (Chase) Okun. He was a lifelong congregant of Temple Beth El in Springfield and continued his participation there as a member of the “Minyonaires.” He earned his degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytech Institute. He began his career installing television antennas when that medium was first introduced. He then joined his father and uncle at the Okun Furniture Store on Main Street in Springfield, where he repaired small appliances. From there he created, owned and operated City Appliance Center at the corner of Union and Main Streets, building it into a successful small business. Years later, he brought his entrepreneurial skills to his new career as a stockbroker. He finished his financial career in his 70’s in Hartford, Conn. He is survived by a son, Alan Okun (Karen Tassey); grandchildren, Joshua Okun (Caroline), Sandy Richards (Travis), and Meghan Mercurio (Robert); great-grandchildren, Maya Richards and Joshua Mercurio; a sister, Martha Dalitzky (Milton); and a dear friend, Susan Zellin of Deerfield Beach, Fla. He was predeceased by a brother, Dr. Edward Okun. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME

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