Warren W. Rosenthal

Thursday 20th of September 1923 - Saturday 19th of October 2019

Warren W. Rosenthal

Services

Visitation

Oct 21, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Temple Adath Israel

124 N. Ashland Ave., Lexington, KY

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Service

Oct 21, 2019 (1:00 PM )

Temple Adath Israel

124 N. Ashland Ave., Lexington, KY

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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.


 Warren also served on the corporate boards of Office Suites Plus, Immunomedics, Inc., and, for 20-years, Kentucky Utilities, Inc. In 1989, bored after just 32-days of retirement, Warren, with friends and partners, Ralph Gabbard and Glenn Pennington, "saved" the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center which had fallen into difficult financial times after popular, pre WW 2 "Barn Dance" radio broadcasts.  The "Renfro Valley Experience" with Betty and Warren started with Warren behind the wheel for a speed limit blast down Interstate 75 and then being introduced and shaking hands with everyone who worked there.  In July, 2000, Warren and Betty donated Renfro Valley to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Museum.   When Warren and Betty purchased Patchen Wilkes Farm, they knew this farm was something special: the home of the rarest Pure White Thoroughbreds.  With farm manager, Barry Ezrine, they both dramatically increased the breed and earned national recognition.  One of Warren's big smiles was there whenever one of his "White Patchen Beauties" raced at Keeneland and other local tracks.  What the white thoroughbreds lacked in speed was compensated by the excitement racing fans showered upon them.  Warren was awarded the W.T. Young Award from the Kentucky Owners and Breeder's Association in 2014 for this contribution.


 There is a long list of educational, civic and charitable awards presented to Warren. What isn't as publicly known is the long list of similar organizations that Warren and Betty were one of, if not THE, major benefactor.  Warren told everyone that his greatest joy was giving back to his community and Commonwealth. He also said that it was his duty.  Warren's office manager and family confidant, Jane Thorne, carefully oversees their fulfillment. These gifts would include supporting programs in the cities of Lexington and Paducah, as well as The Commonwealth; Sayre School, Lexington Theological Seminary and the Universities of Kentucky and Transylvania; Junior Achievement; the Kentucky Historical Society; City of Hope; Children's Advocacy Center; Camp Horsin' Around, the Heart Association; The Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, and Temple Adath Israel.  Many of us will miss Warren's bright eyed, big smiles. But that look and those moments of joy will be treasured by his family, friends and community for many years to come.  Thank you for your smile, Warren.  


Visitation will be Monday, October 21, 10am-12pm followed by a service at 1pm at Temple Adath Israel, 124 N. Ashland Ave.

Please make a donation to the charity of your choice. 

 

 

 

 

Guest Book

jack sharer

says

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.

1 week ago

Kim Grigsby Donaldson

says

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.

1 month ago

Carole & Allan Nahra

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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.

1 month ago

Bill Anderson

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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.

1 month ago

Cathy Longhurst

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Thank you for everything you did for Renfro Valley and the people of Rockcastle County.

1 month ago

Doris Sanders

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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.

1 month ago