Obituary: Herbert S. Goldstein

Obituary: Herbert S. Goldstein

He was one of downtown Marietta's dominant figures in retail and real estate for more than half a century.

Herbert S. Goldstein, age 93, of Marietta died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 (10 Kislev 5778).

Services were held Thursday, Nov. 30, at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating.

Herbert S. Goldstein was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Marietta. He went to Keith Elementary School, then Waterman Elementary School, and he graduated from Marietta High School in 1943. He grew up in the family clothing business and opened his first store in 1938 at 15 East Park Square, Marietta, when he was 15. After school, Herbert operated his store until it merged in 1941 with his father’s store, which he took over in 1946 when he returned from service after World War II. He also traveled around Georgia and Copper Hill, Tenn., wholesaling general merchandise to other stores with his brother Joe. During the war he served for 33 months in the Seabees, 113th Battalion, Company C, Platoon 5.

He married Mary Ellen Stewart of Statesboro on Jan. 31, 1954, at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on 10th Street in Atlanta. In 1953 he focused the family business and renamed it Goldstein’s Men’s and Boys’ Shop. It was incorporated in 1960. While in the retail business, he also invested in real estate, buying his first property around 1946. He was a large holder of property in downtown Marietta and renovated many buildings. Herbert last closed the family retail operation in January 2006. He also enjoyed traveling (taking the family on annual cruises starting in 1999), helping businesses around the square, and spending time with his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He was a lifelong, active member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Rose Goldstein; brothers William Goldstein (wife Betty) and Joseph Goldstein (wife Francis); and sisters Dorothy Goldstein (husband Joe) and Sara Taitz (husband Manny). He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; his daughters, Susan Goldstein and Paula Goldstein Shea; his sons, Jacob Goldstein and Philip M. Goldstein and Philip’s wife, Elise; eight grandchildren, Rachel Dodd (husband Eric), Joshua Avren (wife Meredith), Jonathan Avren, Nathan Shea (wife Sonja), Daniel Shea, Joseph Goldstein, David Goldstein and Matthew Goldstein; and six great-grandchildren, Amber Brooks, Donovan Brooks, Brooklyn Avren, Deacon Avren, Avren Dodd and William Dodd; his sister, Eleanor Cohen; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to the Ahavath Achim Synagogue Birthday Breakfast Fund, to the Dementia Society of America and/or to the American Cancer Society.

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