Audubon, PA — Richard “Dick” Eisman, founder of Dick Eisman Co. brokerage and later partner in Eisman Gleit Four Star, LLC, passed away September 30 at the age of 89.
He entered the candy business during the 1950s following service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. and attending Pennsylvania State University. After 30 years of operating Dick Eisman Co., he merged with the Eisman Gleit organization and worked alongside his brother Stan, nephew Brett and industry veteran Mort Gleit.
Eisman’s industry honors include being elected to the National Association of Tobacco Distributor’s Candy Honor Roll for nine consecutive years and being named Candy Ambassador by the National Candy Wholesalers Association in 1966.
Upon being inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 1980, he said he never got up in the morning dreading going to work, as he truly loved selling candy.
Gleit, Eisman’s business partner for some 20 years, says: “He was a loyal member of the candy business — that was his career and he couldn't have been better.”
He tells Candy & Snack TODAY that Eisman’s biggest strength was his personality. “He could get along with the customers; they all had great affection for him. He was known as a business person, but also a friend,” Gleit adds.
He is survived by his daughters Susan Hacke and Cherri Eyl and six grandchildren.