NEW YORK — Tommy Sator, a salesman at bridge eveningwear firm Gilar, died this month of lymphoma at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He was 79.

Sator had been with the company since its inception five years ago, but worked in the New York garment industry since the Fifties.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1924 and later moved to Paris, where he worked as a knitwear designer for Christian Dior before emigrating to the U.S. Here, he originally worked as a knitwear designer for Highlander, then moved on to work for Pia Rucci and Niteline, the latter which spawned Gilar. Both Pia Rucci and Niteline were divisions of the now-defunct He-Ro Group.

There will be a memorial service for Sator, who died Aug. 9, on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. It will be held in Isaiah Hall at the Church of the Holy Innocents at 128 West 37th Street.

He is survived by his sister, Katinka Sator.

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