Philip Apkin

Philip Apkin

1919 - 2013Longtime local businessman and civic leader

NORTH ADAMS Philip Apkin 93, of 19 East Quincy St., died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the home of his daughter, Judith Corwin in Tyngsboro, with his family by his side.

He was born in North Adams on Dec. 2, 1919, a son of George and Dora (Winer) Apkin. He graduated from Drury High School.

Mr. Apkin was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving with the 198th Quartermaster Truck Co. as a Private First Class. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze service stars.

After his honorable discharge he joined the family business George Apkin & Sons Co. He also operated Ap's Auto Wrecking Co. and Environmental Action Co.

He was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams where he served on several committees and as a member of the board of directors. He was a member of the Jewish Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Berkshire Jewish Federation. Mr. Apkin was a member of the North Adams American Legion and North Adams Lodge of Masons.

He was a very devoted father and grandfather.

His wife, Sarah "Sula" (Pasiencier) Apkin, whom he married Aug. 10, 1954, died March 12, 1994.

Survivors include his daughter Judith Libby Corwin, and her companion, Cathy Surack of Tyngsboro; four sons, Michael Kuvent and his wife, Grace, of Pittsfield, George Mayer Apkin and his wife, Nancy, of North Adams, William Ruben Apkin and his wife, Jane, of Lanesborough and Joseph Robert Apkin and his wife, Anne, of Cheshire, eight grandchildren, Alysha Apkin, Corbin Apkin, Joshua Apkin, Elizabeth Apkin, Alexander Apkin, Sarah Apkin, Alison Corwin and Seth Corwin, and nieces.

He was predeceased by a brother, Judge Benjamin Apkin who died March 20, 2012.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services will take place Monday at 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams. Burial will follow in Beth Israel Cemetery in Clarksburg.

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This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.

Published online on Mar. 10, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.