HARRY OPPENHEIMER

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OPPENHEIMER--Harry.

93, of Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, passed away on March 9, 2015. Born in 1921 to parents Paul and Hedwig in Alzey, Germany. As a young man, he moved his family and fled the holocaust, immigrating to the United States in 1939. This act saved the lives of his brother and parents. Mr. Oppenheimer was drafted and served in WWII behind the Battle of the Bulge. He was deployed to the Philippines for the staging of the invasion of Japan. The work of J Robert Oppenheimer and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ironically suspended this. In addition, due to his contempt for the Nazis and fluency in German, he also was trained as an OSS agent. After the War, Harry met his wife, Ellen, also a German emigrant, in New York City. For over 50 years, they built one of the most successful retail meat businesses in the history of New York City. His clients included the likes of Barbara Streisand, Joseph Papp, Hal Holbrook, Clarence Williams III, Sir James Galway and others. The meat for the 1976 Democratic Convention held in New York City, nominating former President Jimmy Carter, was supplied by his world famous, H. Oppenheimer Company in Manhattan. Mr. Oppenheimer was an avid swimmer and scuba diver. He visited many of the seven underwater wonders of the world with his son. In the summer of 1984, he was invited to accompany the New York Zoological Society on a live aboard vessel in the Red Sea and helped them identify and document the Photoblepheron or "flashlight fish", which was indigenous to that region. Mr. Oppenheimer enjoyed the ocean and lifted weights regularly until his 85th birthday. He enjoyed travelling between his New Jersey and Florida homes. Originally a practicing reformed Jew; Harry had declared himself atheist after the tragic loss of his son, Robert, granddaughter, Elyse and many deaths of relatives in the concentration camps. His is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ellen; son Jeffrey, a Neurosurgeon, brother Rudolph, daughter-in-law, Missy and grandchildren, Brianna, Jenna, Paul and Benjamin. In lieu of flowers and gifts, make contributions in his name to . A private ceremony will be held in the future when his ashes are interred in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Florida as part of the Neptune Memorial Reef.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 29, 2015
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