NEW YORK — Services were held Wednesday for David Makofsky, founder and former president of David Makofsky & Sons, a designer coat and sportswear manufacturer.
Makofsky died last Tuesday at New York Hospital following a two-year illness. He was 77.
The cause of death was lung cancer, according to his son Eric, who is president of the company.
Makofsky founded David Makofsky & Sons in 1974. It manufactures and markets Bill Blass coats and Eric New York bridge sportswear. Although Makofsky relinquished the president’s title to his son Eric two years ago, he continued to remain active in the company’s affairs.
Born in Poland, Makofsky came to the U.S. in 1932. Two years later, he joined his uncle’s firm, Frank Gallant Inc., a maker of high-end coats and suits here. In 1955, Makofsky became a principal in the firm and remained there until it was liquidated in 1969.
Also surviving are Makofsky’s wife, Sylvia; three other sons, Marvin, Harvey and Steven, and seven grandchildren.