BRADENTON, Fla.- Robert Midler, 86, formerly of East Liverpool, died on Sept. 27, 2013 in Bradenton, Fla. after a brief illness.
Mr. Midler was born Feb. 9, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the later Abraham and Tillie Midler. He was preceded by his brothers, Sanford, Merle and Bernard. Surviving him are his nephews, Andrew Midler of San Diego, David Midler of Atlanta and Arnold Midler of Miami, cousins Lois Foreman, Bob Berman, John Berman, Barry Berman and Milton Michaels.
Following the death of his father, Mr. Midler joined his brothers to run his family business, AM Auto Equipment and Kiddings Auto. Mr. Midler was the Merchandise Manager and the lead buyer, and helped guide the business to six decades of growth and prosperity. During this time, Mr. Midler, along with his brothers, opened three additional stores in Steubenville, Ohio, Alliance, Ohio and Wheeling, W. Va.
Mr. Midler graduated from East Liverpool High School and The Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. At Penn, he was the manager of the Lacrosse team and captain of the University of Pennsylvania's intercollegiate bowling team. He was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, where he also served as treasurer. Mr. Midler served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany from 1945 through 1947.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Midler relocated to the Sarasota, Fla. area and lived at the Peridia Golf and Country Club. As an avid golfer, Mr. Midler served on the Board of the Peridia Country Club Men's Golf Association and a board member of the Clubview Court Homeowners Association.
He was a member of the Ivy League Club of Sarasota and a member of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Sarasota-Bradenton. Mr. Midler was also a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates Booster Club, where he served as a volunteer security guard at Pirate City, the team's winter practice location. He was a member of the Beth Shalom Temple in East Liverpool and a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Midler was known for his generosity and positive spirit and was always first to volunteer to help those in need. Through his business, he organized a generous yearly Christmas donation of toys to both the Elks and Salvation Army.
A memorial service will be held at the Dawson Funeral Home in East Liverpool, Ohio on Wednesday, October 2nd at 11 am. with Rabbi Howard Stein. Friends may call 90 minutes prior to the service on Wednesday between 9:30 am and 11:00 am. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Contributions honoring the life of Mr. Midler should be made to the Yahrzeit Remembrance Fund of Temple Beth Shalom in Sarasota, FL: templebethsholomfl.org/Donations.aspx
View Mr. Midler's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com