BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sam Lender, who along with his brothers turned a tiny Connecticut bakery into the national company Lender's Bagels, died Sunday of heart failure at Hospice By the Sea in Boca Raton. He was 84.
A native of Lublin, Poland, Mr. Lender moved to New Haven in 1929. He was 12 when he began working at his father's bagel business, rolling dough into bagels in the bakery with his brothers.
By the mid-1930s, they had eight workers who produced 300 dozen bagels daily.
The brothers decided to freeze their bagels, and their product went national in 1967.
''Now you can get them all over the world," said his daughter, Marcy Lender LeBlanc of Winthrop, Mass.
After retiring, Mr. Lender and his wife, Lena, moved to Palm Beach County. He was an active philanthropist and was involved in local politics, his daughter said.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Lender leaves a son, Michael of Orange, Conn.; his brothers, Murray and Marvin, both of Woodbridge, Conn.; and four grandchildren.