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Beverly Hills News – Beverly Hills Elder: Joe Tilem, Mayor, Sailor, Lawyer

Posted Thursday, August 6 – 6:35 PM

By Laura Coleman

Former Beverly Hills mayor Joe Tilem is a particularly jovial man, with a memory so crisp it belies the fact that he was a child of the Great Depression.

Born in 1927 in Manhattan, New York, together with his younger brother and sister, Joe grew up working is his father’s hardware store, eventually watching it go bankrupt in the Depression and struggling to eke out a meagre existence as so many around them were doing.

Many years later in Beverly Hills, just a few years after Joe’s father had passed away, he and his brother, Martin, opened Lucerne Hardware on Crescent in 1983–giving it the same name as the store once run by the strong, hard-working man who had raised them.

For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition.

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