Abraham "Al" Ackerman, who rose from selling eggs door to door to owning and operating a wholesale egg company, died Sept. 6 from complications of bladder cancer at his Pikesville home. He was 89.
The son of Russian immigrants, Abraham Ackerman was born in Baltimore and raised on Hill Street.
He was a graduate of Southern High School. During World War II, he served with an anti-aircraft unit and participated in the Normandy invasion.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Ackerman started selling eggs door to door. His business eventually grew into the Quality Egg Corp., which was located at Lombard and Ann streets.
"I think he supplied eggs to every restaurant in Baltimore," said a daughter, Barbara Weiss of Mount Washington.
After nearly three decades of operating the business, Mr. Ackerman sold it in the 1980s.
A physical fitness enthusiast, Mr. Ackerman ran five miles a day for years with a group of like-minded friends from the Jewish Community Center on Park Heights Avenue.
"He got arrested one time for running on the Jones Falls Expressway," said Ms. Weiss.
In the late 1970s, Mr. Ackerman earned a black belt in karate and established a karate school across from Reisterstown Road Plaza.
Around the same time, he purchased a video camera and launched a third business, Associated Video Productions, where he videotaped bar mitzvahs and other family events. He then began filming events for the Save-a-Heart Foundation, and when the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall opened in 1982, he was hired to film its September opening.
"When 'Liberty Heights' opened at the Senator [Theatre], Barry Levinson, who was a family friend, asked him to film the opening," recalled Ms. Weiss.
Through the years, Mr. Ackerman filmed thousands of memories for people in Maryland and the surrounding states, family members said.
Mr. Ackerman was still actively working with the company at his death.
"In his case, he was able to turn hobbies into three successful businesses," said Ms. Weiss.
Several weeks ago, Mr. Ackerman was inducted into the Jewish Education Alliance's Hall of Fame.
Graveside services were held Sept. 9 at Rodfe Zedek Cemetery.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Harriet Resnick; a son, Ira Ackerman of Pikesville; another daughter, Nino Blitz of Naples, Fla.; and two grandchildren.