Al Boscov still 'a shining light'

READING, Pa. - Emotional words came Monday night from Jim Boscov, the leader of Boscov's department stores and Al Boscov's nephew. He spoke after members of Reading City Council and others paid tribute to his late uncle before city council's meeting.

"I believe that through the comments you made tonight, you really did capture so many aspects of Albert, his sense of humor, his spirit, his drive, his work ethic, his dedication to people and his love of people," said Jim Boscov.

City Council even saved a seat for the man who gave so much to the city. Council members went around the table sharing stories about Al. Some employees of Boscov's and the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading also spoke up, sharing the lessons Al instilled in them.

"It is a great loss to us," said one Boscov's employee, "but every day, we still go to work and we still will be saying, 'What would Mr. B. do?'"

"We all need people that we can look up to," said hotel employee Isaac McCrimmon. "We need people who can help guide us through some of the more difficult times in life, and that's a legacy I'll never forget Al Boscov for passing down."

It was clear well before this day that Al Boscov was a light in so many lives, and even now that he's gone, the light still shines.

"Any of us who have worked closely with him over the years couldn't help but be infused by all of that character and spirit and drive," said Jim Boscov.

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