Richard E. Adler, owner of Adler Sporting Goods in Cleveland, has passed away at the age of 79.

The family's first sporting goods store was founded by Adler's father in Lakewood in the 1940s, according to Cleveland Jewish News. Richard Adler began his career in the family business in 1958. He and his wife opened a store in 1975 at Golden Gate Plaza in Mayfield Heights, and they were among the original tenants at Beachwood Place. They operated both locations for a few years until closing the Golden Gate location. He retired in 2008.

Adler was a founder and past president of the Beachwood Chamber of
Commerce and a team manager in the city's youth baseball league. He
served as vice president of the Beachwood Boosters and on the Beachwood
Board of Education. He also chaired Beachwood Community Days and school
bonds and levy campaigns. A past president of the Beachwood Democratic
Ward Club, he was a precinct leader for the Cuyahoga County Democratic

Adler is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adele; son Mark (Trish); daughter Julie (Will Mitchell); three grandchildren; and brother Fred. Contributions are suggested to the Richard Adler Memorial Fund for nephrology research or the Sam Simon Memorial Fund for cancer research, both at University Hospitals of Cleveland.