Lake George - Area businessman and founder of Millbrook Kitchens, Joseph E. Hochberg, 84, of Lake George NY and Key West FL, died peacefully at home in Lake George on Sunday September 23, 2018 after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
He was born on May 16, 1934 in Brooklyn NY to Oscar and Mildred Isrealson Hochberg. When Joe was 3 years old the family moved to Nassau NY. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1951. He began at Siena College that same year, taking a break after his junior year to serve three years in the US Army. He returned in 1957 and completed his degree at Siena. He remained an ardent fan of the Siena Saints basketball team to the end.
In 1959 Joe incorporated Millbrook Kitchens and began to make a mark on an industry in its infancy. He was an active member of many organizations - The Nassau Businessmans Assoc. where he served as President, The Albany Area Home Builders Assoc. where he served on the Board of Directors, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assoc. (KCMA), and the National Kitchen and Bath Assoc. (NKBA) where Joe filled many positions, including on a local level where he served as VP and as President of the New York Tri State Chapter. He also went on to serve on the national level as the Chapter Representative of the NKBA.
One of his proudest business accomplishments was in 1999 when he was inducted to the NKBA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry, in particular his innovative and “Curvilinear” designs. At one point in his career his product was represented in showrooms in 33 of the contiguous states plus Hawaii and Tokyo Japan. In addition there are Millbrook kitchens in many places around the world including Nigeria and Aruba.
On a personal note, Joe also served more than once as President of the Cordial Greens Sledders, a snowmobile club based at Cordial Greens Country Club in Schodack. Snowmobile Racing was one of his passions in life - he raced for 13 years and loved every minute of it. Joe had many passions in life from bowling in his earlier years to motorcycling, snowmobiling, boating on Lake George and traveling. Whatever he was involved in created a wealth of true friendships with so many. His true friends to this day include all age groups from all walks of life. The respect he garnered was amazing to behold. His kindness and generosity extended to everyone he met - no one was a stranger, and he was “just Joe” to one and all.
To say Joe was the life of the party was an understatement. Joe WAS the party. He could never get enough of just being with people in a happy environment. Lake George and Key West will miss him, as will countless others. Nothing could compare with the love and respect of his family. They were his pride and joy and his best friends in the world, and he cherished everything he ever did with them. All the family vacations, snowmobile and ski trips, motor home vacations, game nights, NASCAR races, watching his beloved NY Giants, or San Francisco Giants, Classic Car Shows and Auctions - all of his activities involved his family, and his beloved Mary was always at his side.
Joe is predeceased by his father Oscar, his mother Mildred, his daughter Deborah and his sister Marilyn Hochberg.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Mary of Key West FL and Lake George NY; his son Phillip “Bud” (Michelle) of Lake George NY; daughter Robin Norell (Victor) of Alexandria VA; daughter Cynthia Hochberg of Jasper GA; son Robert Hochberg of Jasper GA and daughter Lisa Hochberg of Orlando FL. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren, Nicole Graef of Greenwich CT, Amanda Arcidiacono (Thomas) of Clifton Park NY, Adriana Hochberg of Lake George NY, Alyxandra Norell (Nick Martin) of Ft Collins CO, Trevor Norell of Orlando FL, Dominic Sinacore (Elissa James) of Jasper GA, Marissa and Gabriella Hochberg of East Greenbush NY and Isabella Hochberg of Jasper GA. and his 4 great grandchildren - Julia Graef, Andre and Landon Arcidiacono, and Adcin Sinacore. Also survived by his brother Arthur Hochberg (Shirley Newman) of Delray Beach FL, and sister Phyllis Hall (Harry) of Schodack NY, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to High Peaks Hospice for their caring help. Special thanks to Heather, Patty, Jen and She.
Funeral services are being handled by the Parker Bros. Memorial at 2013 Broadway Watervliet NY. Calling hours are Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 4 PM until 7 PM. A brief service will be held on Friday, October 5 at 9:30 AM, followed by interment at Saratoga National Cemetery at 11 AM. Celebration of Life Open House will follow at The Boathouse Restaurant on Rte 9N in Lake George from 12 PM to 4 PM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to LBDA (Lewy Body Dementia Assoc.) 912 Killian Hill Rd S.W., Lilburn GA 30047 (www.LBDA.org), MSKCC (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) 1275 York Ave, New York NY 10065 (www.mskcc.org), High Peaks Hospice (www.highpeakshospice.org)
454 Glen St, Glens Falls NY 12801.