Bagel guru Lender dies at age 81 in Florida

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

HART­FORD | Mur­ray Lender, who helped turn his fa­ther’s small Con­necti­cut bak­ery into a na­tional com­pany that in­tro­duced bagels to many Amer­i­cans for the first time, has died in Florida. He was 81.

Mr. Lender’s wife, Gillie Lender, told the As­so­ci­ated Press that her hus­band died Wed­nes­day at a hospi­tal in Mi­ami from com­pli­ca­tions from a fall he suf­fered 10 weeks ago. The cou­ple lived in both Aven­tura, Fla., and Wood­bridge, Conn.

Mr. Lender’s fa­ther, Harry Lender, founded Lender’s Bagels in New Haven in 1927. Af­ter Harry Lender died in 1960, his sons Mur­ray and Sam ran the com­pany and over­saw its ex­pan­sion. Lender’s Bagels was sold to Kraft Foods in 1984. It’s now owned by Pin­na­cle Foods Group.

Mur­ray Lender’s fu­neral is set for Sun­day in Wood­bridge.

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