Dec. 22, 1918 – May 4, 2016
Albert Plaskin, of Amherst, who owned and operated the former Roger Lewis Shops clothing store in Kenmore, died May 4 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 97.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School. After attending Burgard Vocational School, he became a master machinist and worked for five years for the Curtiss-Wright Corp.
During World War II, he was a sharpshooter in the Marine Corps and was assigned to modify and repair F4U Corsairs and other fighter planes at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro near Irvine, Calif. He returned from service by hitchhiking from the West Coast to Buffalo.
With his brother, Jack, he started a men’s clothing store, Major’s, then went on to establish his own men’s and boys’ clothing business, the Roger Lewis Shops Inc., on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. He quickly rebuilt after a fire destroyed his store, along with a block of other shops, in 1960. He opened a branch store in the Rainbow Mall in Niagara Falls in the 1970s. His customers included members of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
During his years in Kenmore, he was a reserve officer in the village Police Department and was active in the Lions Club and the Rotary Club.
After he closed the business in the early 1980s, Mr. Plaskin turned his sales skills to real estate and became a top-producing broker in the commercial division of M.J. Peterson Real Estate. Among the numerous large deals he helped arrange in the 1990s was the sale of the former Kittinger complex on Elmwood Avenue to Benderson Development.
A robust nonagenarian and a resident of Amberleigh in Amherst, he continued working until a few years ago and maintained a membership at Fitness 19 gym in Amherst. He was an accomplished skeet shooter, tennis player, skier and oil painter.
His first marriage was to Anita Feinberg, a singer who performed on the radio with Perry Como in the 1940s and who appeared in productions at Studio Arena Theatre. After their divorce, he married Elizabeth Hall in 1982. She died in 2008.
Survivors, besides his former wife, include two daughters, Madison Kane and Debra; and a son, Glenn.
A funeral service with military honors will be held May 25 in Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.