Morris B. Weiner, 86, auto supply store owner

Posted: June 13, 2012

Morris B. Weiner, 86, former co-owner of Flash Auto Supply stores in Darby and Roxborough, died of respiratory failure on Tuesday, June 5 at Spring Hill Health & Rehabilitation in Brooksville, Fla. He had lived in Rosemont from 1990 before moving to Spring Hill, Fla. in 2010.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Weiner graduated from what is now Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School in 1942.

In 1947, his daughter Gail Milano said in a phone interview, a brother-in-law sold an auto supply store on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough to Mr. Weiner and his brother Meyer.

"They added the store in Darby in the 1960s," she said. The brothers expanded their business to Binghamton, N.Y., she said, because "he had a cousin there who owned a place called Philadelphia Sales — three outlets up there," which became part of the Flash Auto Supply chain.

After Mr. Weiner sold all the stores in the 1980s, his daughter said, "he would get in his car and go around" to sell work gloves to car dealerships and repair shops, “affectionally earning the name of `The Glove Man.'?

Besides his daughter, Mr. Weiner is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pearl, son Jeffrey and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Rd., Wynnewood.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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