Seymour R. Weisberg, the genial and charming owner of the former Peggy’s Fabric Outlet in Huntington and lovingly known as “Mr. W,” has died.
The World War II Army veteran had Alzheimer’s disease and died of natural causes at the end of December.He was 96.
In the early 1960s he took over the store located off New York Avenue and upgraded it by bringing stylish fabrics and notions to the area, his eldest daughter Phyllis Sacks said.
Years after retiring in the 1980s, women would still stop him to thank him for his helpfulness and describing their warm memories visiting the store to show off their accomplishments, Sacks recalled.
“My father and his store were both very popular,” said Sacks of Mount Sinai. “People will remember them both fondly.”
Weisberg came to the United States from Poland when he was 18, first landing in Manhattan, then Brooklyn, finally settling in Huntington.
He arrived just before the start of World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Army serving as a cook and a member of a tank destroyer unit. He fought in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, and helped liberate several concentration camps, Sacks said.
He eventually achieved the rank of sergeant and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.
Sacks said Weisberg will be remembered as extraordinarily dedicated to his wife Blanche of 68 years, and as a devoted and selfless father to their five children.
“To me his legacy will be his loving nature, devotion to family, his caring, his concern for people in general but especially his family,” Sacks said
His memoir, “My Extraordinary Life” was published in 2009. In it he says he considers himself blessed, lucky and an optimist despite a tragic background — his entire family perished in the Holocaust, Sacks said.
Besides Sacks, survivors include his daughters Arlene West of Manhattan and Renee Harris of Plainview; sons Nelson Weisberg of Syosset and Irwin Young of Seminole, Florida; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Blanche Weisberg died in 2010.
Private services and burial have been held.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in his memory.