2012-04-19 / Obituaries

Arthur Littman

Arthur Littman, 88, of Williamsville, N.Y., formerly of Fall River, Mass., died peacefully on March 24, 2012. He was the beloved husband for 61 years of the late Phyllis K. (Nerenberg) Littman.

He is survived by three sons, attorney Kenneth Littman and wife Susan Finn of Jamestown, Dr. Michael Littman of Williamsville, N.Y., and Harvey Littman and wife Lisa of Holland, Texas. He was a loving grandfather to Jacob, Abbey, Ezra, Stephanie, Scarlett, Sierra, Stuart Littman and Jessica Kent; great-grandfather to Leann Littman; and a kind uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Morris and Gertrude (Goldberg) Littman of Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by his brothers Dr. Howard Littman and Dr. Edward Littman. His brother, attorney Irwin Littman, predeceased him.

Arthur was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 23, 1923, and attended public schools in Brooklyn. He entered the United States Army Air Corps in January 1943. During World War II, he served as a member of the 69th Depot Repair Squadron, 14th Air Force Association, the Flying Tigers, where he received extensive training in the repair and maintenance of plane propellers. Upon his arrival in Asia, he drove a supply truck across the Burma Road, from India to China, a long, arduous journey of more than 1,000 miles that took 30 days to complete.

On his return, he became involved with the operation of his family clothing manufacturing business in New York City. In 1949, the business moved to Fall River where he met his future wife, Phyllis. From 1949 until 1977, he along with his wife owned and operated Kenneth Dress Company and Kala Manufacturing Company in Fall River. He later owned and operated clothing manufacturing businesses in Georgia and Alabama before moving to Rhode Island in 1990. In 1993, he and his wife moved to Williamsville, N.Y., where he was active in Jewish war veterans’ groups.

In Fall River, he was a member of the Colonial Navy of Massachu- setts, participating in activities and parades locally, across the United States and in Ireland. He was also a member of Temple Beth El in Fall River.

Arthur was a good-hearted, family oriented person who enjoyed history, sports, travel and fine dining. He loved planning and attending the annual reunions of his Flying Tigers unit.

Funeral services were held at Temple Beth Tzedek in Amherst, N.Y., on March 29, with burial with military honors at Elmlawn Cemetary in Kenmore, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to a charity of one’s choice.

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