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Warren Ford ACKERMAN

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ACKERMAN, Warren Ford Son of the late Harry and Esther Ackerman. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. Born in Omaha Nebraska May 22, 1917 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was the owner and President of House of Uniforms. Founded in 1951, the company sold housekeeper, chauffeur uniforms and tuxedos in his retail Beverly Hills store. The custom manufacturing operation made uniforms for hotels, theme parks; including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hyatt Regency Hotels, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Peninsula Hotel and many other companies in the hospitality industry. Throughout Mr. Ackerman's career, he dedicated himself to serving the Beverly Hills community. His extensive service resume includes: Past President and Former Member of the City of Beverly Hills Civil Service Commission, Past President and Board of Directors member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Founder of Beverly Hills Conference & Visitor's Bureau and Deputy Treasurer for City of Beverly Hills. Warren Ackerman has also been a member of Beverly Hills Rotary Club for over 55 years, a past member of American Red Cross Board of Directors, past President of Beverly Hills Community Orchestra, past Treasurer Beverly Hills Friar's Club and former West Chairman for American Cancer Society.
Warren Ackerman has accumulated many awards throughout his years of service. He was named Beverly Hills Man of the Year in 1971 and received the City of Beverly Hills Outstanding Service and Distinguished Public Service Award. He was given the Citizen of Honor Award from the Beverly Hills City Council in 1989. The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce honored Warren with the Lifetime Legends Achievement Award in October 2007. This was the first ever awarded in the city of Beverly Hills. As part of our father's ecumenical spirit he was asked by Sister Imelda D'Agostino from the Mount Saint Mary's Child Development Center to fulfill the role of Santa Claus from 1982 - 2006. To have little children climb into his lap and express their wishes to Santa is a role that brought him much joy in life. Survived by his loving family, daughter, Laurie Zvi Ackerman; son, Richard (Barbara) Ackerman; three grandchildren, Lisa Erin Stone (wife of Rob Stone), Ondrea Ellen Ackerman and Carly Elizabeth Ackerman-Canning. He is the great grandfather of Alden Brody Stone and Hudson Walker Stone. His nieces and nephews fulfilled a very important and special role in his life. He is the brother-in-law of Elaine Rosenthal. Predeceased by his beautiful wife Anne and loving sisters Fran Kehlman, Ann Levey and Ethel Hirschfeld. The family would like to thank the caregivers, Flor Lua, Rexel and Carlo for their dedication and devotion with both our mother and father. We love you with all our hearts Daddy, "E" / Zayde. Services will be held 3:00 p.m. today, Friday, December 21, 2012 at Hillside Memorial Park 800-576-1994.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 21, 2012
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