Irving Karp and his wife, Ruth. ( Courtesy Karp family )

Irving Karp, who founded Carnival Fruit Co. in the early 1960s in Miami, died Dec. 24. He was 95.

He learned the fruit and vegetable business from his parents, who sold produce in New York. After returning from World War II, receiving a Purple Heart after being wounded in service, he earned a reputation as a good businessman, according to a Miami Herald article.

 He eventually moved to Miami with his wife, Ruth, opening Carnival Fruit as a retail produce store, which grew over the years to a wholesale distributor with more than 70 trucks, according to the Herald. The company distributed to South Florida and the Caribbean.

His son told the Herald he retired in 1984. The company dissolved in 2009.

Services and internment were Dec. 26.

 
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