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Michael 'Mitch' Lazar, 85, White Plains Engineer

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Michael "Mitch" Lazar of White Plains died July 21. He was 85.

He was born in 1927 in Manhattan. Raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Lazar graduated from high school at the age of 16 and joined the U.S. Navy at 17. He saw service in World War II as a draftsman designing naval aircraft.

In 1948, he met his future wife, Estelle, at a dance hall in the Bronx and they married in 1949. Lazar worked as an engineer for 40 years with an electrical connector company, rising from draftsman to vice president.

Lazar was responsible for many inventions, innovations and patents and after corporate life, he became an industry consultant. Upon retirement, Lazar turned his talents to painting, drawing and writing. The family patriarch, his family said that people of all ages looked to him for advice.

An avid sailor, he saw the wind and waves of Long Island Sound as another engineering problem to be mastered.

Lazar is survived by his wife of 63 years; a daughter. Louise; two sons, David and Andrew; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

No public funeral service was announced.

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