Local business owner Ben Dobkin died on Saturday, September 21. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Karen (Curtin); children Leslie Dobkin, Joshua Dobkin and Joshua Curtin; grandchildren Eva Olivera, Leia Dobkin, Zoe Curtin, Quinn Curtin and Baby Girl Dobkin who will arrive in November. He is also survived by his brother and business partner Jack (Barbara) Dobkin, several nieces and nephews. He was educated at Linsly Military Institute and West Liberty State College.
Ben never took for granted that he had been blessed with a wonderful life. He recognized his good fortune growing up in a loving and stable family during a time and place when it was good to be a kid riding bikes through the streets of Woodsdale without a care in the world. From his earliest days he had legions of friends, most of whom remained with him his entire life.
As a young man Ben joined his father and brother in the family business, Dobkin Brothers, Inc. where he spent more than 40 years. He was better at making friends and talking to people than anybody and that made him a great salesman. He had a knack for making people comfortable. People liked doing business with him and he enjoyed his customers’ success as much as they did.
Ben spent a lifetime designing and remodeling restaurants, taverns and commercial properties. He was creative and energetic and was always excited for the next project. In 1997 he built a concept restaurant in Parkersburg. Later he bought and successfully grew a business in Wilmington, NC, his second home, where he had scores of friends and customers who loved him. He also was a successful business broker and consultant and owner of WV Gaming Consultants.
Ben’s greatest gift was his generous spirit. He supported many community efforts and organizations in Wheeling, Parkersburg and Wilmington.
If Ben was having a good time, everybody was having a good time. He loved gathering friends and family together whenever he could for meals, parties, cookouts, family vacations and golf trips. He loved fast cars, the Steelers, Vegas, golf and his friends and his family.
Nothing meant more to Ben than his family. He and Karen had a long and happy life together. He was proud of his three children and absolutely smitten by his grandchildren. He was loved. He will be missed.
A memorial gathering will be held from 3-8 pm, Tuesday, September 24, and 10 am until time of memorial service at 11 am, Wednesday, September 25, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions may be made to Step up for Soldiers, P.O. Box 652, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428, or online at www.TMCfunding.com.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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