Heritage Florida Jewish News - Central Florida's Independent Jewish Voice



March 16, 2018

Joseph Davids of Longwood, Florida, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The last surviving child of Aaron and Sadie Davids, he was born on Oct. 5, 1925, in Newark, N.J. He retired from Westinghouse Electric Corporation after working there for 38 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Bernice; children-Mark (Debbie) Davids of Longwood, Florida, Enid (Michael) Rudney of Havertown, Pennsylvania, and Idelle (Frank Boggess) Davids of Asheville, North Carolina. He was the very proud grandfather of Aaron (Gabriella) and Benjamin.  

Joe Davids was, unless emceeing at a Westinghouse retirement dinner, a soft-spoken man of few words. He was an identical twin, a violinist, an Army veteran, an engineer, a dancer, a Masonic Past Master, a sports trainer, and a fan of the Yankees and the Orlando Magic... but those were things he did, not who he was as a person. Joe loved his family. And, oh boy, he loved his wife and children. But one cannot express how much he loved Aaron and Benjamin. The latter years of his life were marked by the events in their lives. He wanted to be alive to see Aaron's wedding, and he did. He wanted to see Benjamin graduate veterinary school, and he did. In the last 6 months he wanted to assure that Bernice, his Bootsie, would be safe and taken care of so they moved to Brookdale. And during the all-too-frequent hospitalizations he endured in the past few months, he was happy knowing she was okay. Through his life and his actions, he taught: If you are fortunate to live 92 years and to be married to one person for 65 years, then that life will be well lived if you say less and love more.

In memory of Joseph Davids the family requests contributions be made to The Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, #131, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.


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