October 17, 2004
On behalf of my mom, Carol, and our entire family, I would like to thank you for gathering here in Norwalk this Sunday morning to honor my dad.
There were lots of things that made my dad so very special. He was the warmest, sweetest, most honest and most loving man I've ever met.
He unconditionally adored my mom. He never wavered in his love or support of my sister and me even if we made choices that he thought were nuts like dating a pony tailed computer genius or getting married in Chicago in January! He embraced both his kids' spouses, loving them as deeply and completely as his own two kids.
In my dad's eyes, the only thing rivaling the absolute perfection of his own children was their children. My favorite picture of my dad is one of him and his four granddaughters on their way to the pool by his house in Florida. My dad is surrounded by his four giggling girls. He's holding all four kids' floaty noodles and has a look of overwhelming love, pride, and fulfillment. This warmth touched every one of his relatives and friends. His smile said it all and had the magical ability to transmit his unwavering optimism.
My dad was a success. He was awarded the Bronze Star for exemplary conduct in ground combat and the Purple Heart in World War II. He single handedly founded two thriving businesses, Zenith Financial and Shira USA.
He triumphed at the ping pong table and on the tennis court. He was a founding member of the Clearview Jewish Center and cared deeply about his faith and the State of Israel. He fought the good fight, with a lot of help from my mom and my sister, and beat his increasingly debilitating ailments for ten years. He did all this with integrity, courage, and optimism. My dad's ultimate success was that he was truly happy throughout his 81 years, and his happiness was quite contagious.
At his surprise 60th birthday party 21 years ago my dad said that his greatest accomplishment was all the people whom had gathered in his honor and whom he loved. In my dad's view you all are his ultimate legacy. He would have beamed to see you all together today and rallied, no matter what his health, to enjoy each and everyone of your company. I miss my dad.