Harold (Raven) Garfinkel
January 26, 2024

Funeral Information

January 30 2024 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc, 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, PA 15232

HAROLD (RAVEN) GARFINKEL: 86, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sarasota, Florida, died on January 26 in Sarasota. Raven was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and he graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh. He was predeceased by his beloved parents and sister, Sam and Sara Garfinkel and Cookie Landman. He is survived by his adoring wife, Esther (Essie) and loving children, Steve (Mindy), Sandy (Kate) and Mike (Lynne). His devoted grandchildren are Ryan and Matt, Sam (Liz) and Danny, and Adam and Jami. Other survivors include Raven's beloved sister- and brother-in-law Jane and Marvin Kinstlinger and brother-in-law Bob Landman, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Raven took over the family business, Harry Survis Auto Center, and built it into a thriving regional success. He was very active in Pittsburgh's Jewish community and traveled to Israel and the Soviet Union to help Jews abroad. He was a spark of joy to all who knew him, and he will be sadly missed by countless friends.

Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 1 PM. No prior visitation. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. We will be live-streaming the service, please call the funeral home at 412.621.8282 to request the zoom link. Shiva will be held at the Garfinkel residence on Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm.

Contributions may be directed to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.schugar.com


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Dear Essie and the Gatfinkels, My deepest condolences. Raven was a true friend of Karmiel. We shall always remember him as an enthusiastic Zionist and responsible for the good connections with the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Sonia and me have had the pleasure to be your guests. May his memory be blessed forever Adi and Sonia

By Adi Eldar - February 06, 2024

Essie and family Just wanted to send my condolences on the passing of Harold. He was a mentor and great trusted leader who taught me many things and helped continue my successful course in life. I will remember him always. I wish you all peace and comfort.

By Jim Stein - February 03, 2024

My deepest sympathy Harold was a true friend and a gentleman..

By Douglas Caplan - February 01, 2024

Dear Essie and the Garfinkel family, my deepest condolences for your loss! Raven was such a unique person, inspiring leader and a true friend to "Partnership2Gether" & Israel, he will be truly missed!

By Aya Ovadia - February 01, 2024

Essie: David and I are so saddened to hear about Raven. He was always so kind, warm and friendly to us. Our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. May his memory be for a blessing. We hope to see you on Sunday in Sarasota.

By Roberta & David Brody - January 31, 2024

Dear Essie and Family members The Sarasota community will miss Ray, very much Hr added so much to our lives. He was king, kowlegable, and a character I especially will miss him. he truly was a caring friend

By Steve R. Cohen - January 30, 2024

sorry I have been unable to zoom the funeral however it was nice to read a little of Ray's (never Raven) backround. he will always be in my heart as a very dear human being and will be missed by all of us on LBK. look forward to seeing you when you return to Florida. all my love, Roger

By Roger and Judy - January 30, 2024

Dearest Essie, This note is written with a heavy heart and deep sadness for you and your family. Raven will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him - Family, Friends, Community. Please know I am thinking of all of you and sending much love and many hugs from FL. Mara Reuben

By Essie Garfinkel and The Garfinkel Family - January 30, 2024

I am so very sad to learn of Raven's death. He was an inspirartional leader and really nurtured my involvment with Partnership. Raven was a man of broad smiles, great wisdom and cheerful encounters. His memory is truly a blessing.

By Ronna Harris Askin - January 30, 2024

My sincerest condolences to the entire Garfinkel family. May Raven rest in peace. Regards, Mike Cetra

By Michael Cetra - January 29, 2024

Ron and I are so saddened by the loss of Harold. He was such a warm, funny, kind and generous soul. We want to share our deepest condolences with the entire Garfinkel family. He will be deeply missed.

By Dottie Schindlinger - January 29, 2024

Essie and family, So very sorry! He was a special and unique man and his imortality lies in your memories.

By Arnie Gefsky - January 29, 2024

Deepest condolences to Essie and the Garfickel family. May the wonderful memories you shared soon replace this sad time of grief. I have known Raven since growing up on Shaw Ave.,attending Allderdice together and spending a life time in the Squirrel Hill community. We had wonderful conversations this past summer at the Oval. Raven always will be remembered as one of a kind. Arnold and Joanne Millet

By Arnold and Joanne Miller - January 29, 2024

Hello Garfinkel cousins, I know it’s been such a long time, but I was so very saddened to hear of Raven’s passing. I have only wonderful memories of times spent with him and with all of you. Please know “Garfs West” are thinking of you during this difficult time, and we wish you comfort and healing in the days ahead. May his memory be a blessing. With love and fondness—

By (Jon) Asher Garfinkel - January 29, 2024

Essie I feel your loss- my music maven buddy & fraternity brother shared great times together.

By Jason shrinsky - January 28, 2024

Dear Essie and family, I am so sad to hear of Ravens passing. What a truly wonderful man. He was a wonderful example to his children, a devoted and loving husband and father, and wonderful friend. I am in Sarasota and wish, Essie, I could come and give you hugs right now. Please know you are in my thoughts and my heart. Iris Nahemow

By Iris Nahemow - January 28, 2024

We are so sad for the passing of Harold and would like to express our deepest condolences during this trying time for your family. Harold and your family are in our prayers. The Geoghegans

By Kyle and Linda - January 28, 2024

I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Harold Garfinkel. I remember him from Taylor Allderdice and did business with him when he was the President of Harry Survis auto reconditioning service. They helped most recently in the restoration of my classic 1972 Dodge Charger SE Brougham

By Richard Gordon - January 27, 2024

My thoughts and prayers are with all of our Garfinkel cousins with the sad passing of uncle Harold. I am remembering fondly our times together around EKC, tree of life, Green oaks, and family events in Fox Chapel. I pray for meaning, comfort, and togetherness in this time of bereavement. May his memory be for a blessing

By Marc Garfinkel - January 27, 2024