EXETER TWP., Pa. - People throughout the region are mourning the loss of Albert Boscov, who died Friday in his Berks County home at the age of 87 after battling late-stage cancer.
As the longtime leader of Boscov's department stores, Al Boscov was a legendary figure. He employed thousands of people and donated millions of dollars over many decades.
"He left a legacy to all of us, a huge legacy," said Craig Poole, the general manager of the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Reading.
Poole, a good friend of Boscov, was with him hours before he passed away Friday. Poole said he is sad to see his friend go but thankful for the legacy he left behind.
Boscov was known as a retail genius, running his successful chain of department stores when many others in the industry were failing.
"He didn't just save Boscov's, he was opening stores. Right up until last year, he was opening stores," said Christian Leinbach, the chairman of the Berks County Board of Commissioners.
As good as he was at making money, Boscov was also known for giving it back. He donated millions of dollars over many decades and supported many projects in Reading and the Berks County region.
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