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Sylvan Tobin Dead at 83

A second-generation co-owner of boys’ apparel manufacturer Fishman & Tobin, he died Wednesday at his home in Haverford, Pa.

Sylvan Tobin, 83, a second-generation co-owner of boys’ apparel manufacturer Fishman & Tobin, died Wednesday at his home in Haverford, Pa.

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After World War II, Tobin, along with his first cousin Bernard Fishman, started B&S Manufacturing. Their fathers, brothers-in-law Samuel Fishman and Louis Tobin, were the founders of the family business in 1914 in Philadelphia.

Sylvan Tobin and Bernard Fishman were very close partners. Tobin was responsible for purchasing fabric and running the New York office, and was in charge of licensing.

“Sylvan’s honesty and integrity were recognized by everybody he knew,’’ said his nephew Jimmy Rosenfeld, copresident at Fishman & Tobin. “He was well respected and admired for the way he treated his customers and the people that worked for him.”

Tobin served as president of the company for around 25 years. When he retired he remained active as a consultant to the business.

Tobin is survived by his wife, Frances; two daughters, Lynne Tobin and Sharon Tobin Kestenbaum; two sisters, Bernice Rosenfeld and Estelle Brodsky, and 11 grandchildren.