Sokolow, Marvin, was born in Buffalo, New York on July 23, 1926. He was the youngest of two sons born to Herman and Esther Sokolow. He moved to Florida in 1943 where Marvin met and married his love, Arlene, on December 21, 1947. They had three children, Ron, Mark and Debi. The love that began this family still bonds them to this day. He had many successes and joys in his life, but none greater than his love for his wife of 62 years, Arlene. In 1947 Marvin opened Gold Coast Supplies and Equipment, establishing the Sokolow name as a legacy of honesty, integrity and quality throughout the Caribbean. This legacy continues unbroken today by his son and grandchildren. Marvin's word was his bond, and trust was his hallmark. He traveled much of the world with his wife and enjoyed enduring friendships in several countries. He was a proud and active Rotarian for 14 years and a Paul Harris Fellow. He proudly served as a PFC and Drill Instructor in the U.S. Air Force in WWII and as a member of the Jewish War Veterans Post #335. Marvin was a self-made, successful entrepreneur all of his life. He touched the hearts and lives of so many people with his love and caring. He was a devoted mentor and friend to his children, grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, as well as to a large extended family here and abroad. Marvin is survived by his wife, Arlene; his children Ron, Mark (Bonnie) Sokolow, Debi (Jackie) Keene; five grandchildren: Marissa (Hugo) Stangl, Matt (Susy) Sokolow, Brian Keene; and five great-grandchildren: Sienna, David, Andrew, Zachary and Alison; as well as a host of loving family and friends. He passed away peacefully in his home on July 17, 2009 surrounded by his family. Contributions in Marvin's name may be made to: UM Sylvester Cancer Institute in Miami, FL, or Hospice by the Sea, South Broward Team. Funeral Services will be today, Monday, July 20, 2009 at 12:00 noon at: Levitt-Weinstein Beth David Memorial Chapel 3201 NW 72 Ave., Hollywood FL 33024 954-963-3240
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on July 20, 2009