Harold C. Kaplan, 95, died Oct. 9.
His father, Philip, had a demolition and then a plumbing business, Stapleton Plumbing Supply. Diverted from a planned law career into the family business, Harold also opened a branch of ABCO Refrigeration and ran the two businesses side by side, but when the refrigeration business took off, he closed the plumbing company and incorporated ABCO Refrigeration Supply of Staten Island in 1964.
Today ABCO has branches throughout metro New York City and the Northeastern seaboard. Kaplan headed the Island location until a few years ago, when he retired from daily involvement.