Bernard Appelbaum, 91, who operated a family-run clothing and furniture store for many years, died Dec. 19 of pneumonia at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring.
Mr. Appelbaum was born in New York and came to Washington as a child. He graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Maryland before serving in the Army during World War II.
After the war, he and his brothers operated the New York Clothing and Furniture Co. in NortheastWashington. The store was owned by the family for more than 60 years.
Mr. Appelbaum later had business interests in real estate and insurance, and he worked for a company that sold doors for commercial buildings.
He lived in Silver Spring and Bethesda before retiring to Leisure World in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Eleanor Bransky Appelbaum of Silver Spring; three children, Robert Appelbaum of Gaithersburg, Donald Appelbaum of Alachua, Fla., and Susan Fry of Olney; a brother, Melvin Appelbaum of Bethesda; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.