SAPERSTEIN, Mr. Harry J.

Beloved husband of the late Florence Genevieve Saperstein for 59 years and Oxnard resident for 30 years, died peacefully of natural causes on May 15, 2004 at St. Johns Hospital, Oxnard with his family by his side.

Harry was born on January 7, 1913 In Chicago, Illinois into a family of nine children, including Abe Saperstein, founder and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters and lived in Chicago until age 25. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, seeing battle in Italy, France, Germany and Austria and earnlng three Bronze Battle Stars. In 1948, he moved to North Hollywood, and in 1962 to Burbank, where he resided until moving to Oxnard in 1974. While living in North Hollywood, he was Cubmaster of Cub Scout Troop 235 and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 3. In 1958, he was selected "Scoutmaster of the Year.”

Harry was known for his ability to fix Just about anything, which he did for friends and family throughout his life. He also was known for his wit and mental acuity, which continued undiminished until his death. He could remember and tell more than 1,000 jokes and completed the New York Times crossword puzzle every day. He walked his treadmill daily and was active with the Oxnard-Joslyn Lawn Bowling Club. His brother Abe, an inductee In the Basketball Hall of Fame, is credited by the Hall of Fame with inventing basketball’s 3-point shot but Abe and his son, Jerry, said Harry was the first to suggest the idea. Harry also invented a new type of portable basketball backboard and floor, which were used by the Globetrotters throughout the world.

Harry is survived by son Guy T. Saperstein, Piedmont, CA, and daughter, Tina Tamburri, Agoura Hills, CA, two sisters, Fay Saperstein and Leah Raemer, three grandchildren, Kelli Dulansky, Leon Saperstein, and Jacobus Saperstein, and two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Matt Dulansky.

There will be a memorial service for Harry on Monday, May 24, 2004, 1 pm at Payton Mortuary Chapel, 426 West 5th Street, Oxnard, CA, with a reception to follow 2 to 4 pm at the Oxnard-Joslyn Lawn Bowling Club, 350 North “C’ Street, Oxnard, CA.

Harry's lawn bowling community was very important to him; in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Oxnard-Joslyn Lawn Bowling Club.

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Published May 21, 2004 in the Los Angeles Times without the photo and without the final paragraph.
Published May 22, 2004 in the Ventura County Star.