Alan David Sporn

October 15, 1945March 29, 2021

Alan David Sporn was born on October 15, 1945. He passed away peacefully the morning of March 29, 2021. He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Barbara. He is survived by his children Laurie (Arlyn Tratt), Bonnie (Benjy Fine), Gary (Sara Berkowitz), and Jeffrey, grandsons Brayden and Quinn Tratt, Teddy Fine and granddaughter Alice Fine, Alan is also survived by his sister Rebecca Sporn and sisters-in law Debbie (Gary Lindon) and Monica (Rich Magid). His parents Walter and Fern Sporn and Inlaws Ludwig and Eva Hofman preceded him in passing. He was a loving uncle, great uncle, and cousin, and a special friend to Eileen. He had countless friends close by and around the world.

First and foremost, Alan’s love for his family was the most important. There were phone calls each and every day to his children and grandchildren. There were Shabbat calls to his in-laws and family members from wherever he was around the world. Weekends were spent spoiling his family. All he wanted to do was be with his family and make them happy. His 48+ year marriage to Barbara was full of traveling the world and spending time with family and friends.

Alan grew up in Jeffery Manor, on the south side of Chicago, went to Bradley University and earned his MBA at DePaul. He married Barbara in 1969 and they had 4 children. After briefly working in the banking industry, he joined his father, Walter, at Spornette International in the early 1970’s. In 1985 Alan became the owner and president of Spornette International and the business flourished and became one of the top hairbrush companies in the professional beauty industry. In promoting his company, Alan traveled to all of the 7 continents and over 50 countries.

Alan made friends where ever he went -- in school, traveling and through work. He left a warm and loving impression on everyone he met, even if it was for just a brief meeting. He knew people in every city he visited and even knew the airlines that got you directly to that city. He did not know a stranger. Alan was so generous with his time and love. He was a very loyal friend, a mentor, and a philanthropist.

To honor Alan please do something nice for someone or reach out to an old an old friend.


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Diane Schoer Whiteley

April 3, 2021

Dear Alan...I will never forget you. You have been my friend since High School at Bowen and we have stayed friends and dined through the years with Barbara and my husband Sandy. Sorry we lost Barbara...very sad. And now we are sad to lose you. I fondly remember our trips to Miami as kids when we both went over the December holidays with our families and hung out in the teen lounges in the hotels. You were always the center of bringing all our friends together at with the boy posse..and the rest of us. Fun times and fun memories. You will be missed for sure by all. And after reading all the messages here, I see where you have so many friends all over the world. I send my love to Laurie, Bonnie, Gary and Jeffrey and Sandy joins in. I will miss my Spornette brushes which you always supplied me with...but I shall always buy only Spornette. Love you and will deeply miss you. 😘

Jan La Rochelle

April 1, 2021

All of us at Boston Beauty have always thought of Alan as part of our extended family. He definitely had personality, and we loved to see our friend in his trademark Purple shirt.

Alan's booth at the Vegas show was a well known stopping spot to catch our breath and some sweets. Alan always made everyone feel especially welcome and somehow seemed to know everyone's name that stopped by. His first question always was, "How is your family?".

We will truly miss him, yet we know he left his company in the hands of his very capable family.

With love and sympathy,
Arthur, Jessica, Michel, Jan, Rhonda, Tracey, Donna and Alex

Anne Forman

April 1, 2021

Please accept my deepest condolences. Alan had a wonderful presence & will be missed by all. My sharpest memory is my Dad's funeral. Alan returned from Asia for the service & shiva and then hopped on a plane and flew back. Who would do that??? - Alan Sporn!!!!

Anne Forman

Curtis Wierbicki

April 1, 2021

Alan was a dear friend to us at Tin Fish restaurant. He would join us with Barbara and family in our dining room, or with a gaggle of friends in our bar area. Always inquisitive of a new culinary delight, or special Scotch or Bourbon, he would always delight us with his appreciation of our efforts. His generosity to staff, with small gifts from his business, would send giggles of joy throughout as people surveyed their “surprise” packages. We would revel in his descriptions of the many sights he encountered on his travels. We’ll miss him dearly. On a side note...Cecil, please call me.
815-210-9667. Love to all.
Curtis Wierbicki

Heather Hurtado

April 1, 2021

Dear Sporn Children ~

I will forever be grateful for your parents’ life lessons. Your sweet Mom taught me there’s no such thing as asking too many questions, a helpful tip for my newspaper reporting days. And your Dad believed in me long before I did, offering me my first real job on the famous Spornette assembly line. He also provided valuable insight with his famous brain teaser: which weighs more — a pound of feathers or a pound of steel?! 😊

Sending warm thoughts, prayers and lots of love, Heather xoxo

Bradley Fine

March 31, 2021

To the entire Sporn diaspora,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of a truly marvelous man. Generous to a fault, Alan was a true mensch. He lived life on his terms, and squeezed every drop of joy he could from any situation. Every meal, get together, or life event was more interesting, entertaining and enjoyable simply by his being there. He was well traveled, familiar with a variety of cultures, and always ready to talk about just about anything.
He loved his family to the ends of the earth. Nothing he wouldn’t do for them. He was always in his element surrounded by his family. We mourn along with the entire Sporn clan, and wish you all peace at this sad time. All our love, Brad Diana Claire and Madeleine Fine

Ed Deliberto

March 31, 2021

To the Sporn Family:
Alan was more than a vendor. He was my friend, my mentor
It was always a pleasure seeing Alan when he would come to LA and bring his bag of brushes to show, and we would share family stories,
laugh and sometime cry.
In the day at BBSI Shows, the Spornette Booth was the place to be.
As most of you know , the food was plentiful, drinks were flowing, and there was Alan and Barbara and of course Walter. It was a sight to be seen. My life memory of Alan was when Walter approached me at one of these events, pulls out his wallet, and shares a photograph of Alan at his Bar Mitzvah.
It was a beautiful moment to see Walter so proud of his son as Alan was indeed proud of his children.
I will miss you, Alan, and I will catch up with you later.
Ed Deliberto and family

Daniel Kaner

March 31, 2021

You will always be remembered for your
Great kindness and love of your community.
Cannot remember a conversation that you did not express your deep affection for your family.
I can’t imagine an industry event without
You as our host...
Thank you for your friendship and setting the right example ..always.
You will be greatly missed.. and always remembered.
Daniel Kaner

Susan Silo

March 31, 2021

Dear Sporn family
Michael and I shared many wonderful good times with Alan and Barbara all over the world!
Alan was always hosting the most amazing meals and you could NEVER pick up the check!
His generosity and good will knew no bounds!
His friendship was cherished by SO many....we felt blessed to be included!
RIP dear Alan...we raise a martini glass ( or 2) to you!!
With love and light
Michael and Susan Silo Nave

Wade Lewis

March 31, 2021

Alan was not only a friend, but teacher, great listener and always had the correct advice to help you thru anything that life could throw at you.

He'll be truly missed but will always remain in my heart!