Eugene Laikin, a former Long Island businessman and financial planner, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday at a hospital in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 84.
Laikin, a self-made man who ended up owning several businesses, lived in Huntington Station and Greenlawn for about 50 years before moving to Delray Beach permanently in 2011.
"He became a snowbird about 14 years ago, often traveling back and forth to Greenlawn," said his daughter Linda Monaco of Sayville.
Laikin attended Queens College but did not graduate. Early on, he was employed as a baker and paint salesman, his family said.
"He hated being a baker so much, he developed an allergy to flour," said his sister, Elaine Dickstein of Providence, R.I.
Dickstein, however, said her brother did go on to "operate his own bakery" -- Ebinger's in Brentwood.
Laikin opened a financial services firm, the Laikin Agency, on New York Avenue in Huntington Station in 1975. Nineteen years later, he sold his share to his partner, Arthur Belli, and son-in-law Nick Monaco. Laikin had trained both men. "He was more than an accountant to his clients; he was a friend," his daughter said. "If you were in trouble, he'd come out for you. He would hand you his last dollar."
Nick Monaco said: "He was someone who could say in one sentence what would take others a whole book to say."
For many years, Laikin was a regular participant at morning prayer services at the Huntington Jewish Center.
The twice-divorced Laikin's other survivors include two sons, Michael of Manhattan and Steven of Mastic Beach; two adopted daughters, Laurie Morrison and Donna Thode, both of Huntington; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Star of David Chapel in West Babylon. Burial will follow at New Montefiore Cemetery in East Farmingdale.