Mark Perl­mut­ter

BORN LON­DON, MAY 3, 1922. DIED LON­DON, JULY 25, 2007, AGED 85.

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries -

BEST known to the North West Lon­don com­mu­nity for his 23 years be­hind the counter of the Ju­daica shop, Jerusalem the Golden, Mark Perl­mut­ter also worked as fac­tory man­ager in his fam­ily dress busi­ness and, be­fore that, was so suc­cess­ful in Sec­ond World War army ser­vice that he was of­fered a job in the Min­istry of Defence.

Step­ney-born in the East End, the sec­ond of five chil­dren, he at­tended Red­mans Road Talmud To­rah af­ter school hours, and started his work­ing life at 14 as sales­man in a lo­cal store.

Drafted into the Royal Army Ser­vice Corps as a driver, he suc­cess­fully cam­paigned, at risk of court mar­tial, for re­lease from in­tern­ment for his fa­ther, who had never got round to chang­ing his Ger­man na­tion­al­ity.

Im­press­ing his su­pe­ri­ors with his ad­min­is­tra­tive skills, he was trained in pro­ce­dures at the army school in Egypt in 1942 and sent to the for­ward head­quar­ters of Gen­eral Mont­gomery’s 8th army as a “desert rat”, deal­ing with sup­plies and ca­su­alty fig­ures.

He main­tained Jewish ob­ser­vance wher­ever pos­si­ble, try­ing to or­gan­ise a minyan with fel­low-ser­vice­men and fast­ing on board a troop ship. Wher­ever he was posted — South Africa, Libya, Corfu and Greece — he con­tacted the lo­cal Jewish com­mu­nity.

Mar­ry­ing in 1952, he and his wife, Lil­ian, were ac­tive in the New Syn­a­gogue, Stam­ford Hill. She died in 2000.

He is sur­vived by a daugh­ter, son and five grand­chil­dren.

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