Arnold Lazaroff

arnold lazaroff

August 27, 1932 ~ April 28, 2022

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Wallingford, CT

Arnold Lazaroff, founder of Arnold’s Jewelers, a 65-year old family business, an icon in the community, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 with his family by his side. Arnold was born on August 27, 1932 to the late William and Frances Lazaroff. He attended Quinnipiac College, and then faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army.
In 1957 he opened Arnold’s Jewelers in Hamden. He moved the business to its current location in North Haven in 1967, and it has remained there ever since. His smile, honesty, and integrity will always be remembered and cherished. Arnold affected so many lives and was an integral part of so many organizations that his passing is sure to touch many people. His legacy will live on and he will never be forgotten.
He leaves behind his cherished wife, Mary Jane, and his loving sister, Cynthia Greenberg. He was also the loving father to Larry (June) and Stuart (Angela) Lazaroff, Kimberly (Vincent) Testa, and Kristen (Vincent) Crudo; grandfather to 11 grandchildren, Stephen (Cara) and Robert Lazaroff, Tim Laffin, Jeffrey and Risa (Adil) Lazaroff, Kaitlyn (Matthew) Cunningham, Noel and Matthew Pacelli, and Vincent, Dante, and Mia Crudo; and great-grandfather to his blessed great-grandson, Matthew Pacelli, Jr. He was predeceased by his first wife, Linda Lazaroff Brook.
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 2nd at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden at 12:00 p.m. Friends may visit with Arnold’s family prior to the start of the service, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Northford Cemetery. A Period of Mourning, Shiva, will begin following the burial on Monday, and Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at 30 Mowry Street, North Haven. Contributions in Arnold’s memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of CT, 860 Howard Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Visitation: May 2, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Congregation Mishkan Israel
785 Ridge Road
Hamden, CT 06517

Funeral Service: May 2, 2022 12:00 pm

Congregation Mishkan Israel
785 Ridge Road
Hamden, CT 06517

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  1. My dad was THE MAN! I cannot express how grateful and privileged it has been to work with him every day. Going to miss him big time.

    • Larry,

      I am so sorry that I can’t be with you right now. Your dad like mine was indeed THE MAN! Like you I had the privilege of working side by side with him. I know how hard this is, but I also know that your dad like mine will always be by your side whispering, and sometimes more than whispering, in your ear. He like my father will never leave you and will always guide and support you until you join him again.

  2. A great man and friend. Served with him in North Haven Lions Club for many years.
    Charles & Susan Guthrie

  3. So sorry to hear about Arnold’s passing. M.J. our thoughts are with you and your family.May you always remember the good times and draw strength from that.

  4. The whole Berger family sends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the Lazaroffs. WE will miss his terrific sense of humor and his smiles. May he rest in peace.

  5. So sad to hear the news of Arnold’s passing. Our friendship goes back to our school days with many fond memories to cherish. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to MJ, Larry, Stuart and their family members.

  6. We will always have fond memories of seeing Arnold with Larry and Stu during their business activities. He always had a smile and a kind word. Our prayers are with the family. Jay Rosa and Sandie Apuzzo

  7. Mr.Lazaroff (Arnold) Put it simple He is a GENTLEMAN, GENTLEMAN and will be miss by everyone that knew him..

  8. Arnold’s smile and his sense of humor are things that I will never forget. The 13 years I worked for him and Larry, part-time, was a learning experience. I became part of the family. Our condolences ti the entire Lazaroff family.
    Corey and George Knoll

  9. My sincere and deepest go out to the entire Lazaroff family. Arnold was a wonderful wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

  10. What a guy he was. One time we were talking about Switzerland and the Alps. He was describing flying through them and over them. I’ll never forget the excitement on his face. Mr. Lazaroff will be very missed by so many.

  11. So Blessed to have known Arnold, A Friend to many, Father to a beautiful Family, A Pillar in The North Haven Community .
    Will miss his smile and warm welcome coming in the store.
    God Bless

  12. Arnold did not go alone.He has taken a small part of every life he touched.
    A true gentleman.

  13. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Lazaroff, great man, always a smile on his face. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Deb abs Vin Mendillo XO

  14. Arnold was such a gentleman with impeccable character. I had the opportunity in which Arnold told me his life’s story…. WHAT AN AMAZING MAN!
    I truly admired the way his family loved and cared for him. He will be sorely missed by all of them.
    Love and prayers to the Lazaroff family.

  15. Our hearts go out to you and your family. He has left quite a legacy. Sincerely, the Zurlis family.

  16. My condolences to all your family. I recall your Dad’s smiling face whenever I was in the store. i also enjoyed seeing your lovely Mother. you have been so fortunate to have had him in your lives for many years. You will remember him vividly in your memory for years to come. I have these wonderful memories of my own dear Dad who had and continues to have, an influence in my life today. God has been so good to us with these special people in our lives.
    God bless you. you will rejoin with your Dad in the world to come for all time.

  17. We are deeply saddened by the loss of dad. I enjoyed seeing at the store, always a smile on his face. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Therese, Bill, Vanessa, Erica Riordan

  18. Our condolences to all of Arnolds family and friends. Arnold was an amazing guy, always so friendly and kind. He had a smile that lit up a room. It was an honor to know him. He will be greatly missed.
    Sincerely, The DuLac family

  19. Our condolences to all the Arnold family…So sorry for your loss.
    Kathy and Don Rocklin

  20. We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. Wishing you and your family peace. With deepest sympathy Rick, Doris, Amber, & Nicole Onofrio 🙏

  21. Our sincerest condolences to Larry and Stuart and your entire family. Your father was one of the nicest persons that we have known. It was always a pleasure to shop at the store or even just to walk in and have a casual chat with him and his entire staff. It is truly a great loss for your family and we will truly miss seeing him every time we shop at the store or even when we happen to drive by the store. Sincerely Richard and Karen Astorino

  22. His smile said it all – I feel blessed to have known him – even if for a short time. There are a lot of broken hearts right now that are filled with beautiful loving memories of this amazing man.

  23. Dear Larry,

    So sorry to hear of your dads passing. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers 😘❤️🙏

  24. Larry, very sorry for your loss. Your dad had the special gift of making people feel comfortable and welcome, it transitioned to you, Mike, and
    Terry. My condolences to Arnold’s family and many friends.

  25. Dear MJ, Larry, and Stuart,
    We are saddened to hear of Arnold’s passing. He certainly will be missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him. Arnold’s wit and kind smile are at the forefront of our memories of him. We remember how lovingly and respectful he was of his dear father at his side in the store and how very proud he was of his sons. Arnold always spoke of MJ with so much love. He knew he was in good hands with MJ by his side. We have known Arnold since 1969 when he made our engagement very special with the perfect ring. May his memory be for a Blessing.

  26. Dear Stuart and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

  27. So very,very sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing, Our heartfelt condolences. Mary Ann and Bob Consiglio

  28. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved father. He was a true gentleman. I hope fond memories will sustain you during this difficult time. We were all blessed to have known him.

    Joel & Lorraine Roseman

  29. Dear Stuart and family,
    Heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your father. Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time. xo Lisa Popoli

  30. Dear Larry and Family. My sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Losing Dad and Grandad always a tug at the heartstrings. He was a wonderful man and raised a grand family to have the same honestly, integrity and sincere personableness that he had.He will surely Rest In Peace!

  31. I am heartbroken to hear of Arnold’s passing. I have known him my entire life! I will miss his smile, hugs and calling out to me when I came in the store” It’s the Nance!” I hope he rests in peace. Sending love to Larry and Stu.

  32. Dear Larry and Ohana,
    We are sorry to hear about Arnold’s passing.
    We are blessed to have known him.
    May the thoughts and prayers of friends and family give you strength…may the sweet memories of your Dad / Grandpa give you comfort and fill your heart with love during this difficult time.
    With warmest Aloha,
    Eddie & Suzette and Ohana 🌺

  33. Larry, we are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. Arnold was such a great person with such a great personality. Truly going to miss his jokes when going to your store. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family on this day.🙏🙏

  34. Dear MJ, Larry, Stuart and Family,
    It is with much sadness that I offer all of you, my heartfelt sympathy at this very
    difficult time.
    Arnold was a very special man, who touched the lives of many, with his kindness, integrity, and sense of humor.
    It was an honor to be his friend for 65 years.
    He will be greatly missed.

  35. So sorry for your loss Larry. My condolences to you and family .May your Dad rest in peace 🙏🙏

  36. He had such a beautiful smile. We are so sorry for your loss.He will be missed.Love Donna and Tony

  37. He had such a beautiful smile. We are so sorry for your loss.He will be missed.Love Donna and Tony

  38. So Sorry for your familys’ loss. He was truely a part of North Havens History, going in to Arnolds and being met with a smile that was so heart felt. Many of us will miss him!

  39. Larry , Stuart and families I am so sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. I was totally shocked to hear this sad news today. He was not only a great icon in the community for several years, but a true friend to many. I personally feel like I lost a family member as he and I joked about him being my uncle and Larry and Stuart were my cousins. I will always have fond memories of one of the greatest people that touched not only my life but the lives of the people who had the honor to call him friend. He truly was “THE MAN”!

  40. Larry and Family,

    Sending love and light to you all. Your store was the ONLY place for my folks to buy jewelry! Your dad was a kind and sweet man, even coming out to the car in the parking lot to see my mom a few years ago.

    Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Meg Atzbach Jenkins and Joan Atzbach

  41. To the Lazaroff family,

    We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Please accept our deepest condolences

    The Bolduc Family

  42. The Lazaroff Family,

    We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Love The Bolduc Family

  43. Dear Larry,

    Losing a father and a mentor is one of life’s greatest challenges, but your father must have been so proud of you! May his memory be for a blessing.

    Kevin Mack

  44. Dear Larry and Family: Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers with The Passing of your Father. As Customers of Arnold’s we had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions through the years! He was always warm, helpful and considerate! May God help you and your family through this difficult time!

  45. Carol and I extend our sincere condolences to the entire Lazaroff family. Arnold was always very kind and friendly to us, and we are certain that he will be profoundly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

  46. Dieter and I extend our sincere condolences to you, Larry and your extended family. Dieter always made sure he stopped in to say hello and enjoy a little chat with your Dad. So sorry we did not see this sooner. I am sure he will be missed by his family and many friends.

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