BOSTON (CBS) — Bernie Rubin of Bernie & Phyl’s furniture died of coronavirus Monday. He was 82 years old.

Rubin had been hospitalized in South Florida.

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He and his wife were the faces of the furniture chain that they launched in Quincy in 1983. They stepped back and turned the business over to their sons a few years ago. The furniture chain now has nine locations throughout New England.

Bernie and Phyllis Rubin (Courtesy photo)

Bernie is survived by Phyl, his wife of 61 years; his three children, Larry, Rob and Michelle and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

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“Bernie was one in a million,” his family said in a statement. “He was kind, hard-working, fair and, above all, loved his family – which included his entire extended Bernie & Phyl’s family.”

His family said Bernie loved giving back to the community and supported many charitable organizations including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Home for Little Wanderers, Bridgewell, and the Pine Street Inn.

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“In many ways, Bernie was larger than life,” his family said. “He touched the lives of countless people with his warmth, charm, wit, charisma, and generosity. Everyone who met Bernie loved him and he will be greatly missed.”