Lester Yale Drabkin

Lester Yale Drabkin of 88 Notch Hill Road N. Branford, CT died peacefully on Sunday January 20, 2013. Mr. Drabkin was born March 25, 1918, the son of Joseph E. & Rachael Drabkin. He is survived by his sons David and Robert Drabkin, and Jamie Drake. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Meryl Kligerman Drabkin, as well as his brother and business partner Irving Drabkin, and his sister Sylvia Drabkin Fleischer. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven in 1935, and earned his Bachelors Degree in Printing Engineering from Carnegie Tech. Upon graduation in 1939, Mr. Drabkin entered his father’s printing business, The Columbia Printing Company, where he worked for fifty years, ultimately serving as its President.  During World War II, Mr. Drabkin served in the Army Air Corps. He married in 1947, and devoted his life to his wife, raising their three sons, the Columbia Printing Company, and numerous business and civic organizations in the New Haven area. Lester was active in the Probus Club, Printing Industry of Connecticut, Service Corps of Retired Executives, the United Nations Volunteers, New Haven Food & Wine Society, an Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale, and the New Haven Refuge Resettlement Program for Jews from the Soviet Union. Aside from his college and army years, he lived his entire life in the New Haven area, for which he held great affection. Along with his wife, the Drabkins were known for their love of entertaining their family and friends , and were known for their numerous elegant and memorable parties and dinners at their home. Mr. Drabkin enjoyed the company of family and friends, tennis, gourmet food, and travel as he and his wife visited over 35 countries around the globe. He was known for his loving, warm personality, keen wit and wonderful sense of humor, his sharp intellect, and his many published letters to the editor of the New Haven Register. He led a full and wonderful life.

Funeral service at the Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., Hamden, Wednesday Janaury 23, 2013 11:30 am. The interment will be in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven. After the funeral, friends are invited to remember and celebrate Lester’s life at the Union League Café, 1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to The Alpha Workshops, New York, NY or Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden, CT.

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  1. catherine said,

    01.21.13 at 10:35 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a kind and thoughtful man

  2. Helena Cooley said,

    01.27.13 at 7:54 pm

    I miss you old friend of 60 years! Rest in peace. With love Helena and The Cooley Family

  3. American Cremation & Casket Alliance said,

    02.25.13 at 12:35 pm

    Comfort and blessings to all. With deepest sympathy.