For those of you that may not know, Embroider Buddy® is a part of a larger company, Parkdale Novelty, also known as Creature Comforts Toys. We’re sad to announce that Morris Kotzer, founder of Parkdale Novelty and father to Donna, Embroider Buddy®’s founder, passed away last week at the age of 91.
Morris, the namesake of our very own Morris Bear, had an incredible impact on the toy industry in Toronto since he founded Parkdale in 1944. His love of fun and joyful personality were infectious, as he continued to visit his office every day until this past July. Thank you to everyone who has shared memories of Morris. MegoMuseum, an online forum of toy collectors, relived their memories of Morris and discussed how much they appreciated his impact in their community. “It was Kotzer’s determination and willingness to put up the money that created the Mego 12″ Superhero line and he is considered by us to be the father of that line.” Parkdale is commonly known as the Canadian distributor of Mego Toys since the 1960s, featuring an array of superhero action figures. The company expanded its plush toy division starting in the 1980s. Donna is proud to follow in her father’s footsteps with the Embroider Buddy® brand.
Morris will be greatly missed by his family and everyone at Parkdale Novelty, Embroider Buddy®, and in the broader toy community.
My most sincere condolences on the loss of your father. He made a difference in this world, isn’t that what any of us can hope to do? Rest in Peace.
AllStitch Embroidery Supplies would like to offer our condolences to Donna and her family. We know you will carry on and operate the business in a way that would make your dad proud.
Dear Donna and Family,
Please except my deepest sympathies for your loss. I had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with your dad. He was an incredibly creative, determined and funny guy. We are all richer for his contributions to the toy industry. He will be missed.
Condolences to the Kotzer family. Mr. Kotzer built a great company!
So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He created a business that ultimately brings happiness to the world. Not a small accomplishment! I know you will continue to bring that happiness in his absence.