READING, Pa. - Following Al Boscov's passing in February, his grandkids were having a difficult time.
"I just felt kind of lost with the whole thing and didn't know how to get over it," grandson Jonah Boscov-Brown told 69 News via Skype.
But then, his cousins decided to collaborate, collect stories, and put together a book, titled "Memories of Al."
"It was really amazing just getting to talk to everyone that was in his life," said grandson Josh Aichenbaum. "It was cathartic for them, and it was cathartic for us as well."
"It was really cool just to hear so many stories that we've never heard before but that still lined up with who we knew our grandfather to be," granddaughter Amelia Boscov said via Skype.
In a way, it brought him back to life.
"We still got to hear new things from him even after he passed away," she said.
The book has just been sent to the printing press and is slated for a November release. Boscov's grandkids want people to know their grandfather was a great businessman with big sense of humor.
"I got to sit in on his meetings with buyers," Jonah Boscov-Brown said. "It was just business and jokes the whole time."
Boscov helped grow the Exeter Township-based company into the nation's largest family-owned department store chain.
"His motto was that shopping should be entertainment, and I think with all the crazy promotions he did, he really lived by that," said Boscov-Brown.
In keeping with the store and city he loved, all proceeds from the book will go to Our City Reading, Boscov's nonprofit aimed at revitalizing the city.
"His philosophy was that he wanted to give back wherever there was a Boscov's," said Aichenbaum.
For the grandkids, was the book hard work?
Jonah fittingly answered with an old Al Boscov motto.
"If you do your work with work you love, it doesn't feel like work at all."
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