Philip Wexler, 86, custom slipcover maker

October 13, 2004

Philip Wexler, a former upholsterer and slipcover maker, died of heart failure Friday at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 86.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Wexler left school in the eighth grade. He later studied carpentry at a trade school and became an apprentice upholsterer.

During World War II, he served in the Army as a regimental carpenter and mail supervisor. He attained the rank of technical sergeant, and landed at Normandy on June 9, 1944, family members said.

In 1948, he established Philip Wexler Custom-Made Slip Covers in the 200 block of McMechen St., and retired in 1980. He supplied custom slipcovers for Hutzler's, Levinson & Klein and Mill End Shops.

For 53 years, Mr. Wexler lived in a ranch house that he built, over the course of three years, in the city's Cheswolde neighborhood. He enjoyed building model ships and airplanes, collecting stamps and woodworking, and taught woodworking at Pikesville Senior Center.

Services were Sunday.

Mr. Wexler is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Fritzi Dubin; a son, Ira Wexler of Owings Mills; a daughter, Biddy Mazer of Owings Mills; and three grandchildren.

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