Alan Silberman, 83, a lifelong resident of Steubenville, OH, died August 23, 2020. Born May 21, 1937 to the late Philip J. and Edith (Kandell) Silberman, for 30 years he was owner and chief executive of Phil’s Home and Auto Stores, which had branches in Steubenville, Wintersville, and New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was the third generation of his family to be involved in automotive and hardware retail.
Generations of customers, employees, and students he mentored from Jefferson Technical School and the Distributive Education Program appreciated his motivation and cutting-edge business sense. Known as “Big Al” and sometimes “Phil,” he had a bright smile and sense of humor.
In recent years, he was a retail merchandising consultant with RMSA.
He was a 1955 graduate of Steubenville High School and a 1960 alumnus of The Ohio State University, where he was President (Prior) of the Sigma Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Alan served in the United States Army and Army Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Alan was active in civic and community affairs, most notably serving as Chairman of the American Red Cross General Campaign, President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Ohio Hardware Association Political Action Committee, and Board Member of Temple Beth Israel. He was honored with the Friend to Education Award from the Indian Creek Teachers Association and the Morris and Arthur Bartell Awards from the Wintersville Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid fan of Buckeyes, Big Red, and Indian Creek athletics where his children attended.
He was adored and is survived by his wife of 59 years Dottie (Levison) Silberman; three daughters: Tracy Yitzhaky of Maryland; Lindsey (Jonathan) Isaacson of Pittsburgh; Abbey (Kenneth) Fagin of Maryland; eight grandchildren: Adam (Davida), Daniel, Sara, and Aaron Yitzhaky; Gabriel and Gali Isaacson; Rachel and Leah Fagin; and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother Gerald Silberman, and sister Lois Palkovitz. Memorial services were private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Urban Mission of Steubenville or the charity of one’s choice.
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