STAMFORD, Conn. – Philip Horowitz, the former owner of Karp's Golden Glo Bakery in Stamford, died Dec. 3 in Florida. He was 91.
He was born in Mugaluv, Russia, to Julius and Sarah Horowitz. At the age of 5, he and his family fled across Europe to Holland. In 1928, they arrived in New York City through Ellis Island.
They lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the Bronx with several other relatives. He later graduated from James Monroe High School and was drafted into the Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific, earning the rank of sergeant and receiving the Purple Heart.
After the war, he married Martha Licht on March 6, 1948. Through his father in-law, Horowitz became the owner of the Tuxedo Bakery in the Bronx.
In 1950, the family moved to Stamford and bought Karp's Brothers Bakery on Pacific Street and moved it to Washington Boulevard and renamed it Karp's Golden Glo Bakery.
He belonged to the Jewish Community Center and Augudath Sholom Synagogue in Stamford. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Jewish War Veterans, serving as commander of both organizations. He also served on the committee that chose the Jewish War Veterans' Citizen of the Year for many years.
In 1980, he closed the bakery and went to work for Grade A Market on Shippan Avenue, opening their first in-store bakery. He later retired and became a winter resident of Delray Beach, Fla.
After the death of his wife, Horowitz became a full-time resident of Delray Beach, where he met his friend and companion, Rosalyn Cohen.
He is survived by three sons, Richard (Teri), of San Diego, Alan (Maria), of Sherman, Conn., and David (Yvonne), of Stamford; two brothers, 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral was held Thursday at Augudath Sholom Synagogue in Stamford. Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home in Stamford handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy or a favorite charity.