Allen Garfinkle

Allen GarfinkleWe’ve often said that we are more than just a neighborhood grocery store. Piedmont Grocery is very much like a family. And, if you have been in the store in the last week you may have noticed that our family is reeling from the sudden loss of one of our own—way too soon.

Allen Garfinkle was only 50 years old when he passed away on Friday, March 29. Allen, like so many of our employees, was part of a group who has been with us for decades and had worked hard for Piedmont Grocery for 33 years. During that time he found himself in multiple positions around the store with varying tasks (though few would dispute his unofficial title as The King of Oakland).

Allen, or Dr. G, loved his Warriors, his cars, and his Raiders. And, was always quick with an opinion about last night’s game. His interaction with co-workers and customers alike endeared him to the community on Piedmont Avenue and beyond.

It is a sad fact of life that people don’t truly know how many lives they touch and the impact they have while they are on this earth. But, if the spontaneous memorial in our parking lot and the reaction of many of our customers upon hearing the news is any indication, Allen brought a lot of light to a countless number of people’s days.

For those of us at the store, it will be hard to be here without him. We know that it will eventually get a little easier but in the meantime, it just feels like there is something missing.

Those of you who would like to pay your respects, a memorial for Allen will be held on Sunday, May 5. The time and information are listed below:

Memorial for Allen Garfinkle
Sunday, May 5th at 10 AM

Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

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