Ari Birnbaum Obituary, Death – Former Wilkes-Barre resident Ari Birnbaum, who passed away on February 1, 2023 in the comfort of his own home in Weston, Florida, surrounded by his cherished family, was a native of Wilkes-Barre. He was the son of Louis Birnbaum, who passed away, and Ida (née Shanker) Birnbaum, who also passed away. He was born in Brooklyn, New York.
When Ari was a young kid, his family relocated to Wilkes-Barre. He attended Meyers High School (class of 1954) and Wilkes College (class of 1958). While at Wilkes College, he was recognized as a member of Who’s Who Among American College Students, served as a co-captain of the basketball team, and was a varsity pitcher for the baseball team. Ari wed the woman he had loved his entire life, the Kingston native Patricia (Patsy) Reed, on the day after he received his diploma. After completing his education in business at the University of Southern California, Ari moved back to Wilkes-Barre to begin working for Faith Shoe Company, an industry-leading independent producer of footwear for women that was established by his father and uncle.
Eddie and Patsy moved their family to South Florida after Hurricane Agnes. There, they established the Dolphin Shoe Company in Hialeah, Florida, and he worked there for decades alongside Patsy and their boys, Jeffrey and Steven. After Hurricane Agnes, Eddie and Patsy also moved their family to South Florida. Eddie initially joined Congregation Ohav Zedek in Wilkes-Barre, then Temple Solel in Hollywood, Florida, and afterwards Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Florida. All three of these congregations are in the state of Florida.
Eddie is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 65 years, Patsy; his six beloved children: Scott (and Lynn Baden) of Newton, Massachusetts; Jeffrey (and Wendy) of Weston, Florida; Betsy of Weston, Florida; Lisa Brandes, of Weston, Florida; Steven (and Sharon) of Weston, Florida; and Amy Goldstein, of Parkland, Florida; fifteen devoted grandchildren: Rachel Hashkes (and Andrew), Jillian Seigel (and Garett),