Happy Birthday Grandfather

In Oakland, California, on April 1, 1896 my grandfather Mervyn Raphael Marks was born.  A gentle and loving man, I never ever saw him get angry.  Devoted to his wife Celia Heyman, they were married for 48 years until his death in 1966.  He started California Optical Leather Company in the 1930s and it was in the family for about 50 years.  The company still exists today.

I remember working beside him in the "shop" as it was called, doing the same factory job.  I always tried to be faster than him.  Unfortunately I was the hare and he was the tortoise.  His steady style always won out.

Always great memories of my Grandpa.

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