Arnold “Arnie” Weinstein, 92, founder and president of Max-Arnold Co. and later, Arnold Sales Co., passed away peacefully with his family at his side in his home near Philadelphia. Arnie was the consummate salesperson and entrepreneur. His companies were always at the pinnacle of sales for the brands that his agency represented throughout the Mid-Atlantic and he made lifelong friends with many of his customers and principals. He worked in a time where personal relationships were as important to what we now call metrics. Arnie had an uncanny ability to remember not only names and faces but details of each of the many people that he crossed paths with. His easygoing manner, amazing sense of humor and his oratory skills allowed him to sell himself as well as his products. Arnie leaves behind his wife of 73 years, June, his children Eileen Donohue, Hal Weinstein and John Weinstein as well as 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Weinstein Family Team (jdrf.org).
Arnie led a life that was full and truly awesome. He was loved dearly by his beautiful wife of 73 years, June Weinstein (nee Gross), their three children, Eileen Donohue, Hal Weinstein and John Weinstein as well as their spouses, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Arnie was an entrepreneur and the consummate salesperson having owned his own plumbing sales agency for many years as well as being on the board of directors of many organizations within the plumbing industry including being a founding member of the Philadelphia Manufacturers Representative Association. His sales acumen was uncanny, and he flourished in a time when personal relationships were as important as what we now call metrics. Arnie was an excellent athlete having been named “All Public” while playing football at Overbrook High School and being on the varsity track and boxing teams. Arnie’s love of sports continued throughout his life as he took up playing tennis winning many championships while living down the “shore” at his beloved home in Loveladies, N.J. He was also an expert skier and introduced many of his friends to the sport as well as all of his children. While his love of athletics was truly inspirational, he also had a passion for the theatre where he acted in many roles over the years at Allen’s Lane Art Theatre and Abington Theatre as well as being in a few TV productions. Whether playing Big Julie in Guys and Dolls, Chief Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your gun or Earthquake McGoon in Lil’ Abner he did so with aplomb. With his best friend Irv Bloom they owned the Philadelphia Playhouse and hosted many notable plays and actors. Arnie’s love of sports and theatre was only surpassed by his love of his family especially his lifetime love, June. He was extremely proud of his family and their accomplishments and let everyone around his circle of friends know this. Arnie had an amazing memory and used this to muster up his prodigious catalogue of thousands of jokes that he could recite at will.