Albert Nipon

Albert Nipon

Albert Nipon, 95 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully of natural causes on November 20, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.

Albert was born to parents Louis and Sara Nipon, on September 11, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Albert graduated from West Philadelphia High School where he was a star athlete, excelling in both football and track and field. He continued his athletic pursuits while serving our country in the Army for 18 months, ultimately as a Sergeant. He often reminisced about competing against elite football players like Ollie Kline and George Taliaferro while in the Army. He received a degree in Accounting from Temple University in 1951, where he was 4-year varsity letter winner in football, wrestling and track and field. He was also a member of Pi Lam Fraternity.

Albert met his wife Pearl in 1952 when he threw her fully clothed into a swimming pool in Atlantic City, NJ. Thereafter, he sang “you are my sunshine” to her each night until she predeceased him in 2018 at the age of 90. Together, they raised a large and loving family and built a successful fashion business.

Albert, as the head of business, and Pearl, as the head of design, built one of fashions most prolific and elegant design houses, the one which bears his name. Started in 1972, The Albert Nipon label was known for celebrating both femininity and the power of women in the workplace. Albert was always most proud of the international prominence of his company and that unlike most other fashion houses, was based in Philadelphia.

Albert will be remembered as the dashing figure behind the line that bears his name, yet the more important legacy are his love of his wife Pearl of 65 years, and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a family man first, instilling in his children the values of “physical and mental exercise as the fountain of youth”, of “show me don’t tell me”, and of following the Golden Rule. He credits his perspective of life to his own parents who lost a son during the pogroms, emigrated from Russia during the first world war and raised their four sons on Rodney Street in Philadelphia. Their hard work and love of family instilled values in Albert that would last a lifetime.

Albert was a life-long Philadelphia Eagles fan. Even when his health was failing, friends and family would join him in his home on Sunday to watch his Eagles and enjoy his traditional bagels and lox brunch. He waited ninety years for the Eagles to win a Superbowl and in 2018, he and Pearl celebrated that victory on the streets of his beloved city of Philadelphia.

Albert is survived by his son Larry and his wife Lois; his son Leon; his son Andrew and his wife Nancy (Easton) and his daughter Barbara Joy and her husband Craig Spencer; and his grandchildren  Max Nipon and wife Irissa, Zach Nipon and wife Marli, Arielle Spencer and husband Caleb Hodge, Taylor Spencer, Max Spencer, Jake Spencer, William Nipon, Sadie Nipon, Zane Nipon and his great granddaughter, Noa Nipon.

The family will hold a private ceremony and put Albert to eternal rest with his beloved Pearl.