Obituary: Mark Arthur Glickman / Furniture store owner devoted to family

Sept. 23, 1940 - June 12, 2014

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Mark Glickman, a Pittsburgh furniture store owner devoted to his family, neighbors and country, died June 12 at his home in The Villages of Florida. He was 74.

A native of Highland Park, Mr. Glickman studied fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University, developing an expertise that served him during his tour as a graphic illustrator for the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio.

While Mr. Glickman continued to exercise his artistic talents after leaving the service through recreational drawing, he concentrated his attention on Glickman Furniture on Mellon Street. The Glickman family would sell goods at prices tailored to the financial constraints of the customers, allowing the needy to pay in increments over months or even years.

“My dad and his father believed strongly that every person should have the opportunity to have something nice, even if they lived in the projects,” said Leonard Glickman of Middletown, N.J. “People appreciated and respected him for that.”

Although Mr. Glickman was devoted to a number of causes — including job retraining, child and animal welfare, and environmental protection — his top priority was always his family.

Mr. Glickman and his wife, Myrna Kushner Glickman, were married for 53 years. Leonard Glickman said his parents met as children and became high school sweethearts at Peabody High School in East Liberty.

“Mark and Myrna were the best couple I ever met,” he said. “They were inseparable.”

In 2013, Mr. Glickman was diagnosed with colon cancer. His devotion to others shone through his final acts, when he relocated to Florida so his wife would be near family members who lived there.

In addition to his son and wife, Mr. Glickman is survived by another son, Michael Glickman of Los Angeles, and seven grandchildren.

After a memorial service on Sunday, the family announced the establishment of the Glickman Memorial Fund for Children in Need as a legacy of Mr. Glickman’s philanthropic spirit. Memorial contributions can be made through www.fjc.org.


Rocio Labrador: rlabrador@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1370.

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