Houston menswear legend Harold Wiesenthal dies

Harold Wiesenthal died in his home Sunday. He was 84

May 27, 2012 8:10:31 PM PDT
Harold Wiesenthal, owner of the men's clothing store Harold's in The Heights, passed away in his home Sunday.

The 84-year-old founded the store with his brother in 1950 and worked in The Heights for more than 60 years, clothing customers, dignitaries, celebrities and presidents. The store closed in August 2011.

His son, Michael Wiesenthal, told us his father not only cared for the business and its customers, but he cared for the community and would give anyone the shirt off his back -- or any other item they may need.

"What my father was famous for was if he was in a restaurant or any kind of a gathering, somebody would admire a tie and he would take it off of his neck and give it to them," he said. "[I don't know] how many ties my father gave away."

Harold Weisenthal had a special relationship with ABC13 and was good friends with Action 13's Marvin Zindler, even agreeing to be one of Zindler's Angels on several occasions.

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife offered their condolences to the Wiesenthal family.

"Barbara and I mourn the passing of Harold Wiesenthal. Upon hearing the sad news, I felt as if our world had lost a good man -- and we Bushes, a good personal friend," Bush said in a statement released Sunday evening. "Harold was a tireless and very successful businessman who never lost the common touch. We send our condolences to his entire family and many friends who, like us, will miss Harold very much."

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Congregation Beth Yeshurun on Beechnut.

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