Philip Teplitz

Philip Teplitz


TEPLITZ: Philip Teplitz, age 87, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Iris Teplitz (Kimball). Beloved father of Lee Teplitz, Jonathan (Kathryne) Teplitz and Paul Teplitz. Brother of the late George (late Rosalind) and late Rita (late Stan) Rosner. Proud Zayde of Alex and Charlotte Teplitz. Philip’s lifelong passion was the furniture industry. His mother and father founded Finleyville Furniture in 1929. By the time he was 13, he was driving a delivery truck and helping to make deliveries after school. As a senior in high school, he would go to the store after school and sit in with his mother to learn how to buy furniture and appliances for the store. After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he decided to drop out and formally enter the family business, which he co-owned with his brother, George, until it closed in 1986. Philip and George co-owned the Manor House Ethan Allen Galleries from 1965 until 1993 and the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries from 1985 until 2005. Philip was the president of the National Home Furnishings Association in 1991 and was the retailer representative for more than 20 years to the Upholstered Furniture Action Council, a voluntary furniture industry organization designed to make upholstered furniture more fire resistant. He married Iris in 1960 and she joined him in the furniture business and they had a true partnership both at work and home. He always enjoyed a good book, a single malt scotch and a cigar. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Wednesday at 11 AM. Visitation one hour prior to services (10 – 11 AM). Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made to Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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