Morris "Moe" Sussman, owner of Moe's Deli and Restaurant, died May 2. He was a resident of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Philadelphia.
Sussman opened the restaurant in 1952 on the 7300 block of Frankford Ave. It was a small delicatessen, with a few self-serve tables, and primarily sold lunch meats and breads.
Customer demand was high, so Sussman moved the deli up a few spaces to its current location at 7360 Frankford Ave. 12 years later. Shortly after, he added waitress service and more tables in the new spacious location.
Groceries, frozen foods and dairy products were added to the store to make it more convenient for customers.
Several family members and friends helped run the business through the years. Today, his son, Mitchell Sussman, is the only family member still involved with the deli. His wife, Sharon Sussman, works there every day.
Mitchell, who began working in his father's store in 1977, took it over in the late 1980s when his father retired.
Sussman is survived by his wife, the former Ferne Kaplan; daughters Barbara Feiner and Shelley Sussman; son Mitchell Sussman; sister Sylvia Kaplan; brothers Daniel Sussman and Harry Polish; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.