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