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Bernard Katz, 91, Father of Local GOP Candidate for Mayor

October 8, 2009
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Bernard A. Katz, 91, a former electrical-supply industry sales manager, died Sept. 26 at Hahnemann University Hospital. He was a resident of Center City.

He was the father of Sam Katz, a Republican candidate for mayor of Philadelphia three times.

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Katz graduated from West Philadelphia High School and then worked as a sales manager at Revlon. He joined West Philadelphia Electric Supply in 1964 and became its vice president of national sales. He left the company in 1994.

Active in the Jewish community, Katz served as an officer of Germantown Jewish Centre and was chair of the religious committee at Har Zion Temple, now in Penn Valley. He also supported the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and was devoted to Israel and preserving Yiddish.

After retiring, Katz audited classes in history, Jewish studies and Yiddish at the University of Pennsylvania, and took courses in classical music and opera at Temple University.

He was a mentor with the Big Brothers of Philadelphia, and played tennis into his late 80s.

An Army veteran, he served in Jersey City, N.J., and on Governors Island in New York. He rose to the rank of captain.

Katz is survived by his wife, the former Aimee Polen; daughter Kathrin D. Katz Hall; son Samuel P. Katz; and four grandchildren. He was the father of the late James L. Katz.

Memorial donations can be made to: the National Yiddish Book Center, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, 1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002.

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