Obituary: Arnold Beskind

Obituary: Arnold Beskind

He was a Korean War veteran who sold ladies' handbags, then brought his personality to the Toco Hills Kroger.

Arnold “Arnie” Irwin Beskind, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, after a brief illness.

Arnie was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 3, 1928, to Dorothy and Samuel Beskind. The youngest of three children, he was a 1946 graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, where he studied culinary arts. He began working as a chef in and around New York City. Arnie was a corporal in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan during the Korean War. After the war, he returned to Brooklyn, began working at Nathan’s Hot Dogs in Coney Island, and married his sweetheart, Sandra Tasman. In 1962, they had their first child, Stacy, and in 1966, after moving to Atlanta, their second child, a son, Myles.

When he moved to Atlanta, Arnie had a long career in the wholesale ladies’ accessories business. Arnie’s Handbag Sales became a must-attend event for North Atlanta women during the 1970s and early 1980s. Arnie retired from sales and worked for Kroger in Toco Hills for many years. Arnie had a larger-than-life personality. He loved people and made everyone a friend. His wife, Sandra, passed away in 2001, and his son, Myles, in 2014.

He is survived by his daughter, Stacy Mays; his daughter-in-law, Marcie Beskind; grandchildren Aaron and Hannah Mays and Adam, Alison and Josh Beskind; and many nieces and nephews and their extended families.

Sign the online guestbook at Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Ilan Feldman officiating. Donations in his memory may be made to Hadassah Greater Atlanta, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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