Herbert Sam Goldstein


Herbert Sam Goldstein

Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Death 28 Nov 2017 (aged 93)
Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Plot Ahavath Achim g
Memorial ID 197106797 View Source

Obituary from the Marietta Daily Journal, 11/28/2017:

Herbert Goldstein, a lifelong Marietta resident and World War II veteran whose family’s clothing store remained a staple on the Square for nearly a century, died Tuesday, three days shy of his 94th birthday.

In a time before shopping centers dotted every major intersection, before malls sprouted up all over, before people could pull out their phones to order whatever they needed online, there was Goldstein’s.

Goldstein grew up in the family clothing business. His father first opened his store in downtown Marietta in 1912. Following in his footsteps, Herbert Goldstein opened a store of his own on the Square in 1938 when he was just 15 years old.

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin recalled how people would flock to the store for the latest offerings.

“He was always there. You walked into that shop and Mr. Goldstein was there to greet you,” Tumlin said. “He always had the newest Levi’s. He could get anything you wanted.”

Tumlin, whose father also stood 6-foot-5, said his dad could always rely on Herbert Goldstein to have the clothes he needed.

“They were from the same generation — the Greatest Generation — they lived through World War II and the Great Depression,” Tumlin said. “He’d see my dad and say, ‘Steve, I’ve got those extra-long shirts and undershirts in if you need some.’ It was that personal touch that made him a success.”

Goldstein made a name for himself in Marietta at a young age, investing in real estate on the Square at a time nobody else would. His family is one of the largest property owners in downtown Marietta.

After graduating from Marietta High, he headed overseas to fight in World War II, serving 33 months in the Seabees 113th Battalion. In 1941, his store merged with his father’s and after the war, he took over the family business, which didn’t close its doors for good until 2006. In 1954, he married Mary Ellen Stewart, his wife of 63 years. A Mason, a Shriner and a lifelong active member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Goldstein focused on raising his family and running his business.

“He was the greatest teacher I ever had,” said Marietta Councilman Philip Goldstein, who described his father as a loving, caring man. “I was a young kid full of questions and he had the patience to answer those questions. He set a good example and taught me many things. Certainly the foundation I got in business was due to my dad.”

Philip Goldstein described his father as “a generational thinker,” who loved the Square and always believed it would thrive.

Councilwoman Johnny Walker, whose family ran a store of their own on the Square, described Herbert Goldstein as one of the hardest working men he’d ever met.

“My family was in the men’s clothing business too and he wanted to give me some advice once,” Walker recalled. “He told me I needed to pack my lunch every day and stay in our store, hunker down and not go out for lunch. That’s something that always stuck with me.”

Tumlin said Herbert Goldstein would buy buildings others had abandoned, restore them and put them back to good use.

“He had a way of buying lemons and turning them into lemonade,” Tumlin said. “He would buy it, grow it and nourish it and you can see that patience all around the Square. These citizens have certainly benefitted from it.”

Herbert Goldstein made headlines in the late ’70s when he purchased the Strand Theatre with the intention of razing the structure and leasing the property to McDonald’s. The plans were ultimately furled by the Downtown Marietta Development Authority. The Strand building housed several business ventures over the years before a renovation campaign was launched in 2002 leading up to the theater’s reopening about seven years later.

The Goldstein family continues to own the Strand which has become a beloved entertainment venue anchoring the Square’s northeast corner.

Herbert Goldstein is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughters, Susan Goldstein and Paula Goldstein Shea; his sons, Jacob and Philip, Philip’s wife, Elise, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Herbert was born in Marietta, Georgia just off the square to Phillip and Rose. He
worked in the family store growing up, took over the business after his service
in the Seabees in WWII and closed the store in 2006. Goldstein's was located
on each side of the Marietta Square over the years. Herbert invested in properties
on and around the Marietta Square as well as giving back to the community.
Loving husband father and grandfather
From generation to generation

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