Arie Lipinsky, 62, who worked as a butcher and ran Main Line Kosher Meats for nearly 15 years, died in his sleep on Feb. 23 after a prolonged struggle with diabetes.
The father of four, all born in Israel, as well as the son of survivors, Lipinsky was born in Lod and served in the Israel Defense Forces during the War of Attrition, which began soon after the Six-Day War in 1967; the Yom Kippur War in 1973; and the First Lebanon War in 1982.
In 1994, he decided to move his family to the United States.
It was not an easy decision, as Lipinsky's daughter, Liron Lipinsky, explained. "Not knowing what was to come was a huge risk, but his desire to give his wife and children the best possible life outweighed any doubt he may have had at the time," she wrote in a eulogy.
She said she was always struck by his work ethic. He would wake very early in the morning and work long into the night, planning for the next day.
Liron Lipinsky said that her father's work also gave him the reward of being an active and proud member of the Jewish community.
When he came to America, Lipinsky settled in Havertown, becoming the mashgiach of Main Line when it was owned by others and was located in Overbrook Park. When he bought the store, he expanded it to include catering and moved it to Narberth.
Ruth Anolik, a customer and University of Villanova humanities professor, said, "For a certain segment of the community, the store is a communal center, and he was the quirky character who anchored it. For me, it is like a little piece of the shtetl."
Lipinsky's wife of 37 years, Rivka, and their children -- Hanni Nitzan, Zohar Lipinsky, Liron Lipinsky and Itay Lipinsky -- plan to carry on at Main Line.
Lipinsky is also survived by a sister Henya Vazgiel and four grandchildren.
Contributions in his memory may be made to: the Jewish National Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.