On a sunny morning, Mark Handler could be found lounging by the pool at his East Hampton home — his favorite spot to read the newspaper and gather himself for the day.
It was a peaceful ritual that was characteristic of Handler, family members said. The former Macy’s executive, 83, was enjoying his backyard on Saturday before he was found unresponsive in the pool at 1:19 p.m., East Hampton Village Police said.
A funeral for Handler was held Wednesday at the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. He was buried afterward at nearby Cedar Lawn Cemetery, said officials with the funeral home.
Handler had an interest in business and was perhaps best known for his career at Macy’s. Relatives said he began as a member of the department store chain’s executive training squad in 1958 and worked his way up, serving as a buyer, heading the Bramberger’s division and eventually becoming co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Macy’s Corporation.
He retired in 1995.
His son, Jon Handler, 50, of Half Moon Bay, California, said his father was a relaxed presence at home.
“We want people to remember his kindness and generosity,” Handler said. “He was a gentleman with a great sense of humor.”
Mark Handler was humble about his business success and a dedicated father and husband, his son said. He was married to his wife Barbara for more than five decades.
“Through 56 years of wonderful marriage, he loved his family and he loved his children and grandchildren,” Jon Handler said.
Besides his son, Mark Handler is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughter, Jody Cooper, son-in-law Neal Cooper, and four grandchildren.