Philip Teplitz
November 5, 2017

Visitation Information

November 8 2017 - 10:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

November 8 2017 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

TEPLITZ, PHILIP: Age 87, on Sunday, November 5, 2017; Beloved husband of the late Iris Teplitz (Kimball). Beloved father of Lee Teplitz, Jonathan (Kathryne) Teplitz and Paul Teplitz. Brother of the late George (late Rosalind) and late Rita (late Stan) Rosner. Proud Zayde of Alex and Charlotte Teplitz. Philip’s lifelong passion was the furniture industry. His mother and father founded Finleyville Furniture in 1929. By the time he was thirteen, he was driving a delivery truck and helping to make deliveries after school. As a senior in high school, he would go to the store after school and sit in with his mother to learn how to buy furniture and appliances for the store.  After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he decided to drop out and formally enter the family business, which he co-owned with his brother, George, until it closed in 1986. Philip and George co-owned the Manor House Ethan Allen Galleries from 1965 until 1993 and the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries from 1985 until 2005. Philip was the president of the National Home Furnishings Association in 1991 and was the retailer representative for over twenty years to the Upholstered Furniture Action Council, a voluntary furniture industry organization designed to make upholstered furniture more fire resistant. He married Iris in 1960 and she joined him in the furniture business and they had a true partnership both at work and home. He always enjoyed a good book, a single malt scotch and a cigar. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Wednesday at 11 AM. Visitation one hour prior to services (10 - 11 AM). Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made to Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


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Dear Lee and Paul and family. Although I haven't seen your dad for many years, he and Iris were really good friends of ours, and I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. I have many happy memories of our times with them, and I I hope that the happy memories you have will help you through this very sad time. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

By Leni Lebowitz - November 25, 2017

Though I have only know him for the last few years, I so enjoyed his warm, wise, and witty presence. I send my condolences and trust that his life time of story telling will live long in your hearts. I treasure the stories that I had the good luck to hear. I regret that I am not able to join you for Philip's memorial.

By Vickii Engel Thomas - November 07, 2017

To the Teplitz family.. Always a pleasure to know Phil, as a friend and in business dealings over the years .... Highly respected in the furniture industry ..A true pioneer.. Rest in Peace. PAUL Silverman

By PAUL SILVERMAN - November 06, 2017