Paul E. Aloe, 87, Abington civic leader

Paul E.Aloe
Paul E.Aloe
Posted: April 12, 2014

Paul E. Aloe, 87, a civic leader and businessman, died Monday, April 7, of sepsis at Abington Memorial Hospital.

A resident of Abington for 57 years, Mr. Aloe was one of the founders of the Abington Township Republican Organization and served as its chairman in the 1970s.

He was a former president of the Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association. He helped create the association's Julie Greenbaum Memorial Award, which recognizes the community service of high school seniors through college scholarship money.

"He inspired and mentored many generations of civic leaders and fought for many civic causes in Abington," said his son, Paul H.

Mr. Aloe had owned a small business, E. Hubschman & Sons Inc., a tannery at Orianna and Willow Streets in Philadelphia, founded by his wife's family. He started on the factory floor and worked his way up to president. The tannery, known in the 1930s for its ladies' shoes, closed in 1967.

"I can remember as a boy walking with him past a pile of skins," his son said. "He made a wallet out of a piece of leather with his hands."

Perhaps fittingly, Mr. Aloe later turned his love for the aloe vera, a tropical plant native to Africa, into a company, Magic of Aloe, based in Pennsauken. The plant has a cooling gel in its central stalks. Starting in 1971, Mr. Aloe sold products derived from the gel for first aid, cosmetics, and skin care.

"He loved to drink aloe vera juice, which he did daily throughout his life, and never showed up to a family function without a bag full of green soaps made with aloe gel," his son said.

Mr. Aloe was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1944. He served in the Navy during World War II and was deployed on a warship in the Pacific. When he returned home, he completed his studies at Temple University and then married Mary Hubschman. She died in 1976.

While at Temple, he pledged with Phi Gamma Mu and was president of the One World League, a group promoting intercultural understanding.

Mr. Aloe loved world travel and good wine and food, especially grilling on his outdoor fireplace. He was a skilled gardener and spent his life surrounded by flowers.

In February, Mr. Aloe suffered a fall, which triggered a series of health crises, but he never stopped fighting to recover. "He never gave up," his son said. "He was full of determination and surrounded by love through the end."

Besides his son, he is survived by two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Abington Friends Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown. A reception will follow the service. Interment is private.


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