Neil Leonard Maizner, 73, devoted, husband, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away in Aventura, FL on March 24, 2013, while hospitalized for pneumonia. His two sons were at his bedside.
Born March 6, 1940, Neil was raised in West Hempstead, where his family operated a glove manufacturing and retail business. He later moved to Long Beach, graduating from Long Beach High School in 1957. He thereafter moved to New York City where he began his career in the printing and graphic design industry as a salesman for Visual Graphics Corporation (VGC), a manufacturer of lithography and phototypesetting equipment including the Photo Typositor.
Neil married Janet P. (Larocco) Maizner in 1968 and, after relocating to South Florida in the 1970s, continued working for VGC through the mid-1980s until he opened his own business, Copyright Centers of America. Copyright provided high-speed copy, printing and typesetting services and grew to over 150 employees with multiple retail locations in and around Fort Lauderdale, FL.
After undergoing heart surgery in the mid-1990s, Neil began to unwind his interests in Copyright and slowly stepped into retirement. In the early 2000s, Neil and Janet purchased their home in Roxbury Run and began to split their time between there and their apartment in Miami, FL. After Janet died in January 2005, however, Neil became reclusive and began to experience issues with early onset Alzheimer’s.
Neil was an avid lover of trains, classic cars, scale models and history – owning several classic cars in the 1980s and a substantial collection of scale models, railroad memorabilia, and books about the industrial revolution and trains. He loved the Catskills for its rich history.
His parents, Rose and Frank Maizner, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his two sons, Franklin, a West Point graduate, and Michael, an entertainment lawyer in New York City; three grandchildren, Isabel, Ariella, and Asher; a brother, Barry Maizner; a sister, Joan Kingsley, and an extended family located primarily in the Tri-State region.
A memorial service will be held at the end of July. Neil will be buried in the Bedell Cemetery next to his beloved wife, Janet.
Funeral arraignments are under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Donations in Neil’s memory may be made to Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society.