HOUSTON Hundreds of mourners packed Congregation Beth Yeshurun Wednesday to remember a Houston icon, Harold Wiesenthal.
The 84-year-old long-time Houston clothier died surrounded by family on Sunday morning.
In the months since Harold s in the Heights closed the doors, 19th Street in the Heights just hasn t been the same.
Now Houston won t be either. Not without Harold Weisenthal.
Harold was just the man, said football legend Earl Campbell. He taught me so much about life.
Harold was one of those one-namers, just Harold, like so many of those who called him friend.
Willie, Earl, George, and thousands more known by both names.
One of a kind is maybe the best way to describe him. He was so soft and so tender he had no enemies and a heart as big as Texas, said former Oiler quarterback Giff Nielsen.
He was one of the most decent, loyal and caring men that I have ever met, President George H.W. Bush said in a condolence letter read at the funeral.
Harold Wiesenthal made history in Houston by pioneering the use of a new medium called television.
You wanna dress real sharp, come out to Harold s in the Heights, Harold would say in commercials from the 1970s.
His signature line is still well known.
I dress 70, talk 80, and shoot 90 when my putter is hot, he d say.
Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips told the crowd, He was a guy that was so loving and so caring that you had to love him back.
Everyone in attendance did just that.