Alzheimer’s disease claimed the life of the longtime owner of some of Philadelphia’s legendary cheesesteak shops.
Abner Silver, owner of Jim’s Steaks, died peacefully after a battle with Alzheimer’s, the iconic steak shop tweeted Tuesday.
Silver was 79.
The Overbrook High School and Temple University Law School graduate shared ownership of the steak shop along with William Proetto since 1976, reported Philly.com. The duo decided to expand from the 62nd and Noble streets shop, which opened in 1939, and decided to build a second location at the corner of 4th and South streets where it became a legendary icon famous with Philadelphians, celebrities and tourists.
Silver took over sole ownership of the steak shop after Proetto died in 2011 but shortly after, Proetto’s family took control of the shops — including locations in Delaware County and at the Roosevelt Mall — outside of the West Philly location as Silver’s condition deteriorated, reported Philly.com.
Besides Jim’s on South, Silver also owned the aptly named Abner’s at 38th and chestnut streets in University city — a popular eatery for college students.
Silver leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Joan; two children and four grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at Main Line Reform Temple on Montgomery Avenue in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.