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Harry Fishman, 97 Brick Lane, 19 Sep 1987

February 4, 2013
by the gentle author

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  1. May 2, 2013

    This man was the nucleus of the Brick Lane , A Salt of the Earth, Proper Fella.

  2. Billy Phillips permalink
    June 5, 2014

    I Knew Harry for 12 years he was a legend, One of the most kind hearted human beings you could meet, As a worker at Trumans next door I well know the generosity he showed to the workers at the Brewery, I could write a Book about the great man, He died of cancer in his eighties and was laid to rest in Rainham Jewish cemetery where hundreds of mourners were there.

    Rest in peace great man.

  3. steve permalink
    June 13, 2017

    Harry was indeed a legend. I was unaware of his death back then but it is only fitting that so many people turned out for his funeral.
    It is often said that “they don’t make them like that anymore” but in Harry’s case it really is true. A truly altruistic shopkeeper, the likes of which I have never met since. RIP Harry – on behalf of all us Great Eastern Buildings people: “thank you.”

  4. October 11, 2019

    it breaks my heart to see him, ill and suffering from awful chilblains from years of cold.
    Dad was the oldest of the five Fishmans. I am his youngest, so I was about 10/11 when we used to visit. Uncle Harry would fill our pockets with chocolates until we were bursting. He turned a blind eye to local kids stealing from him of course.
    Dad thought the world of him, the kindest of all men. I wish I could have known him better.

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