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Nat Fishman

Nat Fishman, 89, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died after sunset on 28 December 2021.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Thursday, 30 December 2021 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Steven Rubenstein officiated.

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Interment at Beth Abraham Cemetery.

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The family invites friends to join them for a Zoom shiva on Thursday Dec 30, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Nat Fishman, 89, of West Bloomfield, Michigan died shortly after sunset on December 28, 2021, at his home surrounded by family.

Son of immigrants and a natural-born storyteller, Nat — through his stories and work — kept alive the legacy of his father, the late Jacob Fishman, who went from a pushcart in New York City to opening Fishman Produce Company in Detroit, and mother, Mina (Hendl) Fishman, a painter and pianist trained in Vienna who ran her American household with many old-world traditions.

Nat attended military school in southern Illinois and upon his return to Detroit, after a few semesters at the University of Michigan, took over Fishman Produce at the Detroit Union Produce Terminal. He was hardworking, leaving home for work each day at 4 a.m., and a tough but compassionate business owner often personally helping his Teamster employees.

Nat met Lois (Goldberg) Fishman on a double-blind date, leading to a wonderful 67-year marriage. Together, they enjoyed taking long drives in Nat’s silver El Dorado convertible, hosting holiday dinners and simchas for their large extended family and throwing memorable poolside parties for their many friends.

An only child, Nat was thrilled to marry into Lois’ large family headed by the late Harry and Jeannette Goldberg: the late Eddie (Miriam) Goldberg, the late Herbie (Irene) Goldberg, Madeline Rosenfeld (and her late husbands, Irwin Posner and Jerry Rosenfeld), Sharon Balamut (and her late husband Michael Balamut), and Butch (Nancy) Goldberg.

He was beloved father to Graham (Sue) Fishman, Jill Farber, Jodee (Roy) Raines, and Jayme Fishman; treasured zayde of Jarrett Fishman, Amanda (Ben) Lesnick, Brandon (fiancé, Erin) Fishman, Justin Farber, Hailey (fiancé, Jordan) Farber, Merrick Hirschman, Ayla Raines, Jasmine Hirschman, and Zoe Raines; and adored great-grandfather to Oakley Fiona Lesnick. He is also remembered by many loving nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid concerns, the family will be sitting shiva privately.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Nat Fishman may do so by making a contribution to:

Yad Ezra
2850 W. 11 Mile Rd.
Berkley, MI 48072
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Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 West Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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Jewish National Fund
42 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

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Weizmann Institute
6735 Telegraph Road Suite 365
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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