Burton Elliot Topal
March 21, 1926 – June 19, 2021
Our Father, Burton Topal, age 95 passed away peacefully in Aventura, Florida. He was 95 years old. Burt was born on March 21, 1926, in Paterson, NJ to Mitchell and Jean Topal.
Burt was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, having proudly served in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946 as a Storekeeper First Class aboard the Ship LST 916.
He never ventured far from the sea and was an avid sailor for most of his life, earning his commercial captain's license in the mid-2000s.
Dad had a successful career working in the motion picture industry for United Artists. He was instrumental in the early success of the James Bond series, and was later promoted to Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing. He retired in 1985, affording him time to pursue his first love, the sea.
Burt, Sara, Mitch, Larry and their wives Trish and Karen loved to spend time together in Key West after Dad sold his last boat in 2012.
We will miss our weekly talks, fatherly advice, family gatherings and time together. We were very close.
Dad will be buried with full military honors.
Burton is survived by his wife Sara Mann Topal, sons Mitchell and Larry, grandchildren Jonathan, Stephanie and Ryan.
Dad, may the wind fill your sails on your voyage to heaven. Rest in Peace.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation in his memory to the Kidney Foundation