Alan Upin

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Alan Jay Upin, 90 1/2 years old, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Edina.

A son of Beatrice Kadesky Upin and Charles Upin, Alan was born and raised with his younger brother, Joel, in Albert Lea. A high school athlete who played football and ran hurdles, Alan graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952. He was a very active member of Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity, founder of the Minnesota Gophers Rooter Club and national vice president of the United World Federalists. Alan owned and operated St. Paul Clothiers — originally St. Paul Clothing House, a chain of men’s clothing stores that was founded by his father, Charles, in 1921. Alan took over the stores from his father and later worked with his oldest son, Jeff, who ran the stores with him for 12 years. Alan loved fishing and boating and lived on water his entire life. He lived on Tonkawa Bay in Long Lake until retiring to Bonita Springs, Florida.

Alan loved living at Copperleaf and all his many friends there, boating in the intercoastal waterways and on the ocean. He was a longtime golfer, tennis player, downhill skier and for many years piloted his own plane. Alan had energy and enthusiasm for life and was very proud of his children and their families.

He is survived by children and their spouses: Jeff and Jodi Upin, David and Marissa Upin, Nan Upin and Ed Murphy; grandchildren Elliot, Aaron, Heather and Emily Upin; dearest friends Leslee Marcus and Ross and Judy Dworsky; and many Upin cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother and parents.

Alan will be missed and remembered by his family and friends. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Temple of Aaron Cemetery, 1690 Dale St. in Roseville. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s favorite charity. Shiva will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at 5317 Ayrshire Boulevard in Edina.