Aaron Feuerstein’s Cause of Death at 95 Confirmed by his Son
Unexpectedly, the former owner of Malden Mills in Lawrence, Aaron Feuerstein died on Thursday night, November 4, 2021, at the age of 95. He owned a textile mill in Massachusetts and famously continued to pay his workers even after a devastating fire.
His son, Daniel Feuerstein, confirmed Aaron Feuerstein’s cause of death on Friday, revealing that he died of complications from a fall days before at his home in Brookline. “My father lived a full life. I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences from the entire Malden Mills community. The love went both ways.”
Despite the fact that the enormous brick factory complex burned in December 1995, Feuerstein continued to pay his 1400 employees for months after the fire shut down operations. Malden Mills was a well-known textile company best recognized for its Polartec synthetic fleece fabric.
He rebuilt the factory that his grandfather had founded in 1906 and had been run by his family for three generations. “I’m not throwing 3,000 people out of work two weeks before Christmas,” Feuerstein said at that time.
Feuerstein “exemplified good corporate citizenship,” according to Lawrence Community Council President Marc Laplante, and left a favorable legacy in the primarily immigrant mill city on the New Hampshire state line.
During an interview in 2002, Aaron was asked what he hoped his tombstone would read. He said: “Hopefully it’ll be, ‘He done his damnedest.’ You know that I didn’t give up, and I try to do the right thing.”
It went bankrupt in 2007 and was subsequently sold to a private equity group, which closed the mill and relocated its operations to Tennessee. In 2019, Milliken, a South Carolina-based industrial producer, purchased the Polartec trademark.
Aaron Feuerstein leaves behind his two sons and a daughter. His wife, Louise, passed away in 2013.
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Reactions to Aaron Feuerstein’s Death
Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
Peter Wilson tweeted: “A life well lived. Mr. Feuerstein’s son Daniel tells me that community was everything to his father.”
An online user wrote on Twitter: “Every time I spoke with this man, he lit up my life. I miss you. Aaron Feuerstein, who paid Malden Mills workers after the factory burned down, dies at 95.”
Another wrote: “The #MenschofMaldenMills has left us, but the legend of his kindness lives on. He was the textbook definition of a mensch. He cared about his community & his employees. May his memory be for a blessing.”
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