Mac Schloss, loving husband, parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, entrepreneur, artist and devout Jew passed away March 10, 2019, just five weeks short of his 100th birthday.
Born into an Orthodox family on April 16, 1919, in Dunkirk, N.Y., he was predeceased by parents, Morris and Mary; brothers, Jack (Ceil), Saul (Ruth) and William “Bill” (Dee); and sister, Sally (Barney) Dobrin.
After moving to Cleveland at age 12, he celebrated his bar mitzvah in Hebrew and Yiddish. He attended Glenville High School, only to leave to help support his family. He later earned his GED.
At 18, he traveled to New York City to start a band, but along the way the instruments were stolen, so he opened a dance and tap school.
While in New York City, he also worked for movie theaters assisting in managing the theaters.
When World War II began, he dropped everything and enlisted in the army and earned the rank of tex sargent. After learning to fly, ski and train new recruits, he eventually saw service in France and Germany.
After the war, he returned to Cleveland to marry Shirley "Shu" Bernon, whom he had met earlier on leave at a Euclid Avenue Temple dance. He and Shu had four children, Jackie Lowe (Herb) Stevenson, Linda (Ron) Kessler, Lee (Shirley) Schloss and Mark (Shelley) Schloss.
He and Shu were proud grandparents to David Lowe (Steven Murphy), Joseph Lowe, Jeremiah (Sarah) Lowe, Daniel (Tiffany) Kessler, Jamie (Brian) Bill, Samantha (Ben) Siegel, Seth (Rachel) Kessler, Jered Schloss, Jennifer (Brian)
Carpenter, Robbie (Kirsten) Schloss, Matthew Schloss and Carrie Schloss (Rick Kelley). Mac was a proud great-grandfather to Joshua, Ethan, Aria, Jeren, Natalie, Emily, Sari, Zachary, Eli, Levi, Millie, Si, Max and Jolie. He was excited with the anticipation of two more on the way.
Mac’s business career after the war began with a furniture factory called “Ming Modern” that he created with his brother, Billy.
In 1957, with his wife Shu, he began Coronet Jewelry, a wholesale business that his two sons, Lee and Mark, later joined.
After his retirement at age 65, he began Schloss Construction, which his brother, Bill, later joined. Together, they built over a dozen luxury homes in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland.
Mac was an accomplished painter, his family boasts of his hundreds of masterpieces which proudly hang in homes of friends and family. Mac’s musical talents include piano, accordion and harmonica. He loved to park his children on the piano bench and sing classic songs together as well as teach bar mitzvah portions.
Mac was president of the Ohio Women’s and Children’s Apparel Association. He was a 33rd degree Mason in the Forest City Lodge, as well as a member of the Shrine. He was a lifelong member of Anshe Chesed Fairmont Temple, where one can see his painting of the bimah.
Mac loved to travel in Europe, Asia and the Islands of the Caribbean where he and Shu would crew sailboats. He would travel to Canada, with his family creating many memories camping in the woods. He spent his retirement years wintering in Palm Beach Gardens, painting and enjoying the beach.
He also had a love for dogs, as it was rare to see him without his German shepherd, or his golden retriever, Zac.
After the loss of his Shu, he later found happiness again with June Rose. They enjoyed cruises, movies, dinners and just time together in their 10 year companionship.
Mac was a caring person, someone you could always count on. He helped friends, family and strangers when in need. In many ways, he was bigger than life and earned the nickname “Big Mac.”
He left us with a huge legacy and wisdom. The words are from Pirkei Avot which translates to: “Who is truly rich? The one who is content or happy with his portion.”
Internment was at Mayfield Cemetery.
Contributions in Mac’s memory can be made to Fairmount Temple; Cantor Sarah Sager Cantorial Fund.