February 12, 1920 – February 2, 2013
On February 2nd Joseph Gottfried of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away. Born in 1920, in Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia, he survived World War II and lived for a number of years in Italy before moving to New York in 1949. He eventually moved to Florida, where he spent the last 32 years of his life. Throughout his long life he was deeply involved in promoting an understanding of Yugoslav, Jewish and Israeli affairs. He was active in the Association of Yugoslav Jews in the United States, Free Synagogue of Flushing, the Jewish Federation, Temple Judea and was a frequent speaker and lecturer for the Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches. A passionate man, he spoke and wrote on a myriad of topics that interested him, ranging from US economics to Israeli politics. Joseph was an engineer who owned and ran a roofing business in New York, prior to moving to Florida in 1980, where he continued to work as a consultant until he fully retired. He was a member of the American Arbitration Association. He married Bianca in New York, New York on July 3, 1952. In addition to Bianca, his wife of over 60 years, he is survived by his children, Margaret Gottfried Miller of Teaneck, New Jersey, her two children Joshua and Alyson and Mark Gottfried of Biscayne Park, Florida. In lieu of flowers contributions to either Mazon (P.O. Box 96119, Washington, DC 20090) or Friends of Yad Sarah (450 Park Ave FL 7, New York, NY 10022-2750). Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:30 PM under the direction of I.J. Morris Funeral Directors, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd West Palm Beach, Fl 33417 (561)-683-8676 with interment to follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in West Palm Beach.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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February 5, 2013
THERE ARE SO MANY WORDS THAT APPLY TO DEAR JO; BRILLIANT, CHARMING, CARING, GIVING, LOVING, DEDICATED, INTELLIGENT, YOUNG AT HEART, AND MORE... I WILL SURELY MISS HIS PRESENCE AND MY HEART GOES TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES FOR THE LOSS OF SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN.
February 4, 2013
I had the honour to meet and swim with Joseph in the Mediteranian Sea while on vacation in Jamaica this past November. I heard of a story going around the resort of this older gentleman who fell and was seriously injured. I introduced myself to this lovely older couple, the male happened to be wearing an arm brace and had some bruising on his face. Joseph and Bianca immediately acknowledged my presence and graciously shared their, or should I say Joe's adventure. I have to give credit to a man of his age still having the intestinal fortitude to continue with the vacation even while on the injury reserved list. Joseph is a very inquisitive gentleman. During our brief friendship the, "Where are you from?" question arose. When I told Joe that my mother was from Brela Yugoslavia, that was it. We were brothers from a different mother! Joe is a wonderful orator and shared some in depth, wonderful stories of the old country and some of the past political/military leaders of the old homeland. I will remember his funny grin while he and Bianca enjoyed their lunch together while overlooking the beach at the Royal Decameron. I looked forward to visiting them in Florida as my parents live there over the winter months as it's too cold up here in Canada. Joseph made a deep impression on me. I will miss the man. "May Joseph be a week in heaven before the devil knows he's dead. Respectfully, Ed Fearon, Toronto, Canada.
February 4, 2013
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. He will be missed greatly, as I see how much he meant to his family.
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