Seymour Rachles, 90, of Monmouth Beach died Nov. 13, 2013. Born and raised in Passaic, he lived in northern New Jersey before moving to the Shore area in 1976.
Mr. Rachles founded Boulevard Fuel Company, which was later acquired by the Hess Oil Company, subsequently Amerada Hess Corporation. His career at Hess, where he served as head of distributor sales for the East Coast, spanned the better part of 50 years.
He served in the Coast Guard as a young man during World War II.
For many years he was an active member of Temple Beth El (now known as Congregation Torat El), serving as vice president and as a longtime board member. He also was a member of the Elberon Bathing Club and other organizations, including B’nai B’rith.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gloria Schletter-Rachles; two daughters, Robyn (Kevin) Dunn and Vivien (Peter) Lewit; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 15 with arrangements by Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean.