Mr. Don Deutsch, Sr.

Mr. Don Deutsch, Sr.

September 02, 1928 - October 11, 2021
Charleston, WV

Mr. Don Deutsch, Sr.

September 02, 1928 - October 11, 2021
Charleston, WV


Don Deutsch Sr., 93, of Charleston, died Oct. 11. He was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Chicago and grew up in Parkersburg. He graduated from WVU where he was president of Pi Lamda Phi fraternity, president of the Inner Fraternity Council and played on the tennis team.

After graduation, he worked in New York in advertising, volunteered for Big Brothers and wrote speeches for New York City Mayor John Lindsay.
He married Harriet Bloomberg in 1954 and came to Charleston to work in the furniture business. He was part-owner of FAD furniture stores and the creative force behind the memorable ads. (“When FAD has a sale…”)
He and Harriet spent winters in Sarasota, Florida, where he pursued his woodworking hobby with a team of volunteer carvers at the Ringling Circus Museum.

Survivors are: his wife Harriet; his son Jack, daughter-in-law Lori Berman, and grandson Adam, of Bethesda, MD; daughter-in-law Patty Deutsch, granddaughters Leisa and Ali Deutsch, and great grandson Dylan Plunk; and sister-in-law Florette Hoffheimer.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Jerry and Don Jr.

Contributions may be sent to the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation – the Jerome Deutsch Fund.

Due to Covid, there will be a family graveside service.

The family thanks special caregivers Didi Lucas and Joe Rodgers for their compassion and support.

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3 responses to Mr. Don Deutsch, Sr.

  1. John Wells says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Don and Harriet were so very kind with their time and advise when helping me and my father get Wells Home Furnishings off the ground 27 years ago. I’ve always been so very appreciative to both of them. Just last weekend at a wedding that I spoke of them helping us. Don was a very good person.
    I know he will be missed by all.
    John Wells III

  2. Patti Brown says:

    Harriet, I am so sorry for your loss. Love and hugs.

  3. Jack:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I got a chuckle out of the mention of the Fad ad – hadn’t thought of it in years but the rest of the sentence popped right into my head when I read the first part. I hope you and your family are doing well. Peace be with you all.

    Angie Huffman Shepherd

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