Joseph Goldberg, whose family founded New York retail landmark Harry’s Shoes, died on March 12. He was 83.
Goldberg was active in the family business until several weeks ago, when he became ill.
According to VP William Kay Rood, Goldberg served as a mentor, guide, philosopher and critic to staffers. “We were all anxious to listen to his immeasurable wisdom,” he said.
Goldberg’s father, Harry, started the family shoe store in the Bronx in the 1930s. It moved to its current location on the Upper West Side in 1975, where a standalone children’s store was later added. The main shop is currently expanding its footprint from 2,800 square feet to 6,500 square feet, said Rood.
Today, the store is owned and operated by Goldberg’s son Robert. His daughter Randi Goldberg Wasserman is also on staff, working in operations.