Warren W. Rosenthal
Thursday 20th of September 1923 - Saturday 19th of October 2019
Warren W. Rosenthal, 96, died on Oct. 19, 2019. The bright, beaming eyes and the ear-to-ear, gleeful smile signaled that Warren Rosenthal was enjoying himself; really enjoying himself. That signature look was there in 1948 when he was serving 5-cent hamburgers at his first 8-seat Jerry's Restaurant in Lexington, and it was there when the Rosenthal Foundation made significant philanthropic gifts to causes that he and his family believed in. Born in Paducah, KY, in 1923, Warren W. Rosenthal was one of two children of Lucille and Govriel Rosenthal. They and his brother, Govriel, predeceased him. Over those years Warren had great gratitude for many joys: the love of wife, Betty, who predeceased him; his daughter, Carol Rosenthal, granddaughters, Beth (Jason) Pitman and Jenny Veal, and three great grandchildren, Mallory, Lucie and Wyatt Pitman. And there were the accomplishments that made his life a joyous legacy. To sum up some briefly: Warren expanded JERRY'S RESTAURANT regionally before he created the first "Fast Fish" restaurant chain, LONG JOHN SILVER'S FAST FOOD SHOPPES (37 states, 2 foreign countries). As president, he took the parent company, JERRICO INC., which also included 60 JERRY'S and his latest innovation, FAZOLI'S (fast Italian food), public on the NY Stock Exchange in 1969.
Visitation will be Monday, October 21, 10am-12pm followed by a service at 1pm at Temple Adath Israel, 124 N. Ashland Ave.
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iwas once layed off from my job and ask everyone i knew if they knew of any joboprnings and warren hearg that i was out of work ,snd he was the only one who offered to help me out. it was just after he got renfrow valley ,hesaid, ive got a job and i dont know if you are intrested ornot but ill,makeaure you and your family wontgo,hungry,godblessyou warren not many people havehearc that story we also had a sranding jokeabout frog,leggs.
Kim Grigsby Donaldsonsays
For my childhood and young adult life, Warren was like a grandfather to me. My grandmother, Alice, worked for him for over 45 years. My memories span from jumping into his lap at his Jerrico office on Nicholasville Road to visiting with Betty and him at his beautiful farm. I loved him... thank you, Warren, for all you did for me.
Carole & Allan Nahrasays
Warren was truly a memorable man. We will always remember his love and kindness. Thank you, Warren, for your friendship! Rest In Peace, dear friend. Our sympathy to Carol and her family.
I worked with Warren for 24 years. He was a mentor to me and to many others, freely sharing his wisdom, experience and guidance. He set an example both in business and in family life to follow. His ethics, charity and genuine good, caring nature shined a light on all those he came in contact with, and I loved his stories, even those he told many times.
Thank you for everything you did for Renfro Valley and the people of Rockcastle County.
Warren was absolutely the Best boss ever, I am so honored to have had the opportunity to work for him at Renfro Valley. I learned so much under his leadership. His kindness will always be remembered. Prayers for the family.