Obituary: Howard Stein

Obituary: Howard Stein

Howard Stein, of Atlanta, 94, passed away June 28, 2018.

Howard Stein, of Atlanta, 94, passed away June 28, 2018. Howard was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After finishing high school, he attended Brooklyn College, but interrupted his education to serve in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving the service, he returned to complete his education, where he met the love of his life, Irene, to whom he was married for 70 years.

After graduation, Howard formed his own sales company, focusing his talents on the carpet industry. It was from here that he established his own carpet manufacturing company, Howard Carpet Mills, where his skills covered every aspect of the industry, from innovative product design, to manufacturing and marketing. He grew the company from five employees at its onset to over 700 by the time he retired.

In his free time, Howard was an avid sports fan. He was a long-time season ticket holder for the Atlanta Hawks and enjoyed watching the Falcons. He was a passionate art collector, creating one of the largest collections of Toulouse Lautrec posters in the United States along with a collection of European sculptures. It was from this passion that he became involved with the High Museum of Art, serving on its board of directors. He and Irene traveled extensively, both for work and pleasure, often including his children and grandchildren on trips to Mexico, Canada, and Europe in their adventures. Howard was extremely dedicated to his family and was fortunate enough to have them all living in Atlanta.

He was a doting grandfather, attending every sporting event, recital, and graduation that he could. He was a loving father, always being there for his children, especially for his son, Bruce, in his time of need.

He was a devoted husband who would serenade his wife and blow kisses across the dining room table. Howard had a boundless amount of energy and loved being the life of the party, being out on the dance floor with whoever was game at trying to keep up with him and befriending anyone whose path crossed his.

Howard is survived by his wife, Irene Stein; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Howard Goldberg; brother, Allen (Merna) Stein; grandchildren: Gregory, Jenny, Alex, and Jacob Goldberg; Max, Parisa, Sam, and Sophia Stein. He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Stein. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A graveside service was held Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999. Sign online guest book at

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