1929 – 2017
The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Edie Chortkoff and the rest of the Chortkoff family for the passing of Milt Chortkoff. On December 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years young, the beloved Toluca Lake husband, father, and businessman passed away after a long and illustrious life.
The proprietor of the local mainstay Milt & Edie’s Drycleaners and Tailoring Center, Milt started in the cleaning business over 70 years ago at the age of 17. The reason for his stellar success both in business and as a family man was apparent to anyone who ever met him, even if it was just in passing. His infectious optimism and gregarious nature was always on display.
In an age of increasingly casual appearance, Milt always reminded you that looking sharp mattered. And he meant it, because he put his money where his mouth was. He was often quick to hand even complete strangers his business card with the hand-scribbled note “$20 off” with a wink and the encouraging comment, “This is too nice of a shirt – go get that stain taken care of!” His humor, graciousness, and generosity made everyone he ever met feel significant and important. And as a longtime member of the Chamber, he was always eager to volunteer his time, resources, and financial assistance in all manner of quiet and little-known ways.
He embodied the very best of what makes Toluca Lake special and great. More accurately, Toluca Lake is special and great today because of Milt. His legacy is enormous, and for this he will be sorely missed by all of us. Rest in eternal peace, Milt.
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