Susan R. Moser-Of Newton,on August 6, 2020.Complete notice to follow.
Picard (Gerstein), Shirley G., on August 6, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Hans Picard. Devoted mother of Michael Picard (Mary Russell), Heidi Alpert (Bruce) and Matthew Picard (Suzanne). Dear Grandmother of Alex, Marcus, David, Alyssa, Gregory and Sonia. Born in New Bedford, MA, Shirley spent much of her adolescence in Miami Beach, FL before returning to Massachusetts for the remainder of her long life. Her career was dedicated to education including nearly 30 years as a reading specialist in the New Bedford Public Schools for children with learning disabilities. Her legacy includes the many former students’ lives she influenced for the better with her teachings. She was known for her exceptionally warm personality. She took great pride in the lives and accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed socializing with her many friends especially in the summer at Anthony’s Beach. In her final years she was grateful for the excellent care provided by her care givers. A private graveside service will be held for family and friends at Tifereth Israel Cemetery, New Bedford, MA. Remembrances may be made to Hebrew Senior Life Employee Help Fund 1200 Centre St., Boston, MA 02131.
Robert A. Levin, 78, of Sharon MA, passed away on August 3rd, 2020. Beloved husband of over 55 years to Elaine Levin. Devoted father of Eric Levin & his wife Margie of Needham, and Suzanne Wholley and her husband Eric of Westwood. Loving grandfather of Alexa & Taylor Levin and Sophia & Tessa Wholley. Brother of Ruth Ann Freedman of Jupiter, FL, and uncle to many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Bob served his community extensively over the years. From proudly serving on the Sharon Police Department, to his dedicated roles in the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout leader and avid memorabilia collector, as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sharon Public Library, as Past President of the Sharon Rotary Club, active involvement in the Sharon Historical Committee, Sharon Cultural Counsel, and Sharon Boosters Club, and with continued engagement with alumni of his Belmont High class of 1959.
After years of running the family-owned business, Banly’s, in Brookline, MA, Bob held several sales roles in retail and consumer electronics. In recent years, he was able to find new roles aligned with his personal passions. He combined his sales skills with his love of collecting, becoming the owner and auctioneer for the Abdou Auction in Dedham, MA., and as he always loved to get in the car and drive, he joined a shuttle service to drive patients and special needs students.
An avid reader, Bob would often finish three or more books per week…and when not reading, collecting, or helping others, he was always on the lookout for the best sip of bourbon.
Private graveside services will be held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA. Remembrances may be made to the Sharon Public Library Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
Joel Carl Blumsack, 79, currently of Sarasota, FL, passed away July 27, 2020. He was the son of Anna & Irving Blumsack of Lynn, MA. He received an Industrial Management degree from Lowell Technological Institute. He spent two years at Pratt and Whitney as a management trainee, 7 years in the National Guard, and the balance of his career for over 35 years at a division of Monsanto which was sold to Silgan Plastics, retiring as Director of Continual Improvement. He consulted for Silgan until age 69 when he fully retired. He had been married to his devoted wife, Judy Blumsack of Brookline, MA for 54 years. He was preceded in death by his son Craig, sister Sheila, wife Judy, and brother-in-law Jerry. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and William Lichtman and their children Joe and his wife Jen, as well as Seth and his wife Pam. He is survived by son Todd, daughter-in law Laurie and grandchildren Connor and Aidan. Joel is also survived by his niece and nephew, Lisa and Ron. A man beloved by his family and friends for his love of what made life important- family, friends, generosity, being kind to others, and always doing what was right. He will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in his wife Judy’s name.
Jason “Jack” Avergun passed unexpectedly on July 22, 2020 from a stroke at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Born March 7, 1935 to Eva and Abraham Avergun of Mattapan, he was the last surviving and youngest of 5 siblings; Melvin, Gloria, Phyllis and Jerome. Known as Jackie growing up, he spent summers at the family home in Hull where he enjoyed the company of friends, family and especially his many nieces and nephews.
Jack graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in business management. He then spent his entire career with York-Borg Warner Air Conditioning Company. He married the late Marilyn (Kaplan) Avergun in 1958 and they had 2 daughters, Andrea Avergun Wexler and the late Elizabeth Avergun. After living in Randolph for over 32 years he moved to Mashpee on Cape Cod. There he was active in his community, started a weekly newspaper and organized a breakfast club and holiday events. He especially enjoyed biking, kayaking, gardening, nature walks, classical music, creative writing and time by the beach. Recently he moved to Linden Ponds in Hingham where he will be greatly missed by his new friends.
Anyone wishing to remember Jack in a special way can enjoy his favorite treat, a scoop of ice cream (or sometimes the entire pint). Don’t forget the hot fudge!
Jack is survived by his daughter Andrea Wexler, son-in-law William and his grandchildren Daniel and Haley. Due to Covid, a private burial was held on July 23 at Sharon Memorial Park. To honor Jack’s memory donations may be sent to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchwell Rd., Falmouth MA 02563.
Dr. Parviz Janfaza, 90, of Natick, MA, passed away on July 24, 2020, at Hebrew Senior Life/NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, after a short illness. He was born March 29, 1930, in Tehran, Iran.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Fay Janfaza (Siegel), and his children David (Jackie), Andrew (Melissa) and Susan. He was the proud grandfather of Samantha and Aaron Janfaza; Rachel, Zachary, Noah and Rebecca Janfaza; and Max and Adam Poverman. He also leaves behind two brothers, Mehdi and Jahangir Janfaza, and was predeceased by siblings David Rosen, Joseph Hakim, Garchang Sandalisazan, Helen Etaat, Shalom Rosen and Naim Sand.
A noted otolaryngologist, anatomist, and surgeon, Dr. Janfaza emigrated from Iran in 1957. He completed a surgical internship in Chicago prior to settling in Boston, where he completed a residency in otolaryngology at Boston City Hospital and became a fixture in the Boston medical community for five decades. He was a Staff Otolaryngologist at Boston City Hospital, an Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, a Clinical Instructor at BU School of Medicine, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. He spent his entire career lecturing and teaching medical students and residents at Boston’s finest teaching hospitals, where he was affectionately known as “Dr. J”.
Dr. Janfaza also had a keen eye and imagination, and continuously strived to improve the efficiency and efficacy of medical procedures. A life-long inventor, he designed and created novel medical devices, often in his home workshop. He was awarded a patent for an endoscopic operating microscope in 1994. He also spent 15 years as primary editor of a textbook, Surgical Anatomy of the Head and Neck, which was published in 2001.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Otolaryngology Resident Education Fund at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, attention Irene Hammer-McLaughlin, Development Office, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA, 02114 or Temple Israel of Natick, 145 Hartford St., Natick, MA, 01760.
A private burial service has taken place.
Flora Udwin, aged 93, passed peacefully on July 21, 2020. Flora was born and raised in South Africa where she met the love of her life Saul. They emigrated to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where they had four children. Saul sadly passed in 1975 and Flora moved back to Cape Town. After her children had emigrated to the USA Flora made Aliyah to Israel. Her desire to be closer to her grandchildren brought her to Newton.
Flora is survived by 4 children and spouses, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten by Leon, (Judy), Robert, (Lindy), Dennis, (Lorraine), Jennifer, (David), grandchildren – Natalie (Barb), Staci, Saul, Dana (Sam), Loren, Jackson (Julia), Erika, Sabrina, Alana and great grandchildren Asher and Ari.
Due to Covid-19 the funeral service and Shiva are private. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the Orchard Cove Scholarship Fund, 1 Del Pond Drive, Canton, MA 02021.
Lawrence A. Bean, age 95 of Dedham, formerly of Boynton Beach, FL, died peacefully on July 19th, 2020. He was the devoted husband of Marilyn Bean who died in 1999, and Rosalyn Foster Bean who died in 2019, and was the loving brother of Regina Kleiman. He is survived by his children Nancy and Dick Rossman and Edward and Laurie Bean, and stepchildren Gail and Arnie Rosenberg, Robert Foster, and Lanny Foster. He was the adoring grandfather to Lauren and Steven Cook, Amy and Sam Deich, Alex and Una Bean, JD and Shanna Bean, and Amanda and Ryan Davis, and their nine great grandchildren.
Due to Covid-19 the funeral service is private, and the Shiva is private. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the NewBridge Scholarship Fund, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026; Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778; or Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA 02481.
BUSINESS MAN, ARTS PATRON
Robert “Bob” Remis, of Boston and Palm Beach, was born on September 26, 1929, raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and passed away peacefully on July 13 from heart complications.
From a very early age Bob learned to play piano by ear and continued until right before his death. His love of music continued as an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he and his wife Ruth (Lubarsky) Remis, continued his family’s support. They especially enjoyed the Friday afternoon concerts and he loved analyzing the intricacies of a composition or the phrasing of a particular piece.
This same appreciation and knowledge was a driving force in his dedication to the art world. Bob would roam the galleries of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (where he was a trustee) and feel spiritually renewed. Past Museum Director Malcolm Rogers recalled, “I knew Bob for more than 20 years, and his dedication to the Museum of Fine Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts as Trustee and Governor was
an inspiration to me. By nature reserved and discreet, he was nevertheless passionate and partisan, and, in continuing his parents’ tradition of enlightened philanthropy, gave most generously of his time and money.” The international experience he had through the art world helped to form his own collection and he was working on an exhibition of some of his pieces at the time of his death.
Tufts University became a focal point for Bob and Ruth (class of 1954). They endowed the Remis Sculpture Court and also supported the building of the Music Center. Larry Bacow, past President of Tufts and current President of Harvard said, “Bob Remis was everything that we hope a citizen of Tufts would be. He was exceptionally accomplished professionally but equally engaged in the broader community. He was generous with his time, wisdom and resources not just to Tufts but to countless institutions throughout the city of Boston. Each of these organizations is better today because of Bob. He was as modest as he was successful, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. And he was also the head of a family that sent three generations to Tufts, so far. We will all miss him.”
In addition to Tufts, Bob remained close to his alma mater Phillips Andover (class of 1947) where he played football, and Harvard (class of 1951).
For most of his life, Bob’s focus was the leather business. Before attending his senior year at Harvard, Bob spent a year in Puerto Rico working and teaching English to the Spanish speaking foreman at his family’s leather tanning factory. Bob learned the business from the bottom up, eventually rising to President. The corporation bought Beggs & Cobb, which then became the umbrella corporation for divisions of Remis Industries. He purchased Permair, an English specialty company producing a unique leather finishing product which he developed in the United States and later sold. During these professional years he was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and traveled extensively with Ruth throughout the world for business and pleasure. His business acumen extended to his interest in the stock market and investing where, rather than tout his success, he would be delighted to pass on a good tip.
Beth Israel Hospital (now BIDMC), where Bob was a trustee, had a special place in his heart as well and he was quick to support the hospital over many decades along with many other charitable endeavors.
Bob was an accomplished athlete throughout his life and excelled in most sports, particularly tennis and golf. Friends would always remark that it was a frequent joy to see Bob with his son and grandson spending an afternoon on the golf course.
The consummate gentleman, Bob never looked for accolades for his accomplishments or generosity; however, his face would light up when he talked of his family. He and Ruth were married for 67 years, and was the beloved father of Richard and daughter in law Pamela, William (deceased) and John (deceased). He was cherished by his grandchildren Jeffrey, Andrew, and Kimberly, and each enjoyed a special relationship with him. He was also a treasured uncle, wonderful friend, and dedicated patron. He was a ceaseless reader and many will miss his passionate recommendations.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston MA 02215, or Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA 01945.
Wilma Benjamin passed away at the age of 88 on July 11, 2020. Wilma lived several lives. The youngest of three daughters, she was a proud homemaker. The devoted wife of a doctor, she raised four children across the country, and met the challenges of being a military wife with pride and a smile. From cocktail parties to card games, she was a talented hostess, an innovative cook and a creative baker. An avid and adventurous traveler, Wilma and her husband George saw much of the world together. When grandchildren began to appear, she uprooted her life in Chicago to return home to Massachusetts. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she was proud of her work with the national PTO, MIT, Harvard Dental School and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. She was proud of her many homes from Valley Forge, San Antonio, Boston, Fort Huachuca, San Rafael, Fort Devens, Littleton, Leominster, Aurora, Chicago, and Milton to Brookline. She was proud of her knitting. No one could make a quilt quite like Wilma. She loved to capture peoples’ interests in a quilt or a pillow, be it heavy metal, the theater, baseball, the cello, mermaids or a comic book. She was most proud of her family. Wilma leaves behind four children and six grandchildren, with each of whom she shared a special bond. A daughter, sister, mother, wife, homemaker, administrator, world traveler, hostess and grandmother, she was a warm, kind matriarch who will be deeply missed by everyone she has left behind. Donations in her name may be made to the Breast Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.