It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul Goldman (pictured above on the left with Javier Saez), longtime owner of Almac Hardware on Newkirk Plaza. More than just a local businessman, Paul has been a fixture in the community, serving on the board of the Flatbush Development Corporation, helping Newkirk Plaza through its upgrades and beautification, and being a friend and leader to so many in the neighborhood.
This past fall, Paul spoke with us about attending high school in the area, and how, after servicing oil tankers in New Jersey and working as a local locksmith, he learned that Almac was on the market. In 1984 at the age of 37, Paul became the third owner of the hardware store, which has grown to offer all kinds of handyman services as well as providing some industrial work to apartment buildings in the neighborhood.
His death this morning following a recent heart attack hit the staff at the store hard, though they are still open and doing what they do best — helping neighbors with whatever home improvement questions they may have.
“We are devastated,” Evie, who works at the store in the mornings, told us. “This place was his life. People have been stopping in to give their condolences, and it means so much to us.”
While a memorial service is being planned, neighbors are welcome to send or drop off condolence cards at the store at 2 Newkirk Plaza. We will let you know when there are details about the service.
Our thoughts go out to Paul’s family, friends, and staff. He was a significant member of our community, and he will be missed.