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Obituary - ZVI CHAMU

 

January 19, 2018

Dawn and Steve Chamu are on the left, with Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky on the right, with the scribe Rabbi Chaim Pape at the ceremony to begin writing Lake Mary's first Sefer Torah.

Written by Lenaya Rotklein, his daughter.

Steve Chamu, Hebrew name Zvi, died Jan. 1, 2018, at the age of 65 from heart complications.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and his two daughters, Lenaya Ayelet Rotklein and Jauhleene Yafit Margaret Chamu; and his two granddaughters, Rafaeli and Ariella.

Zvi Chamu was born in Netanya, Israel to Eliahu and Tzila Hamou. Upon graduating high school, he joined the Israeli Defense Force, like all other Israelis. He became an officer in the IDF special forces where he served as a paratrooper and bodyguard. During his tenure as a bodyguard, he had the privilege of providing safety for Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger and First Lady of the U.S. Pat Nixon. He also served during the Yom Kippur War.

After leaving the IDF, he moved to Connecticut. In Connecticut, he served in the hospitality industry where he quickly worked his way to upper management. Throughout the rest of his life, he was an entrepreneur. Most recently he served as CEO of ECO Global Corporation.

In its infancy, Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando hosted Shabbat Services in various hotels in the Lake Mary area and the Sunday School was in the home of Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky. Steve and Dawn generously dedicated the Chamu Jewish Center in their office building for over four years allowing the community to grow to what it is today.

Chamu also initiated the project of Chabad North Orlando's first Torah scroll.

He loved cars, watches, sunglasses, and cooking. He loved people and lifted them up when they were down. He loved the Jewish Community and Israel. He loved his family with all of his heart and he will be missed

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi Yanky Majesky officiating.

 

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