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Jack Aruch Abravanel 1932 - 2012

Jack Aruch Abravanel

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
It was a privilege to be a friend of Jack Abravanel. Our friendship goes back many years. I first met Jack 50 years ago -- yes 50 years ago. Our wives had become friendly through a Bnai Brith group - and this evolved into adding the husbands and became a dinner group. We would be together every 4 weeks. I remember particularly when Jack and Lela were the hosts - the Greek food was especially delicious. And Jack had a good appetite. He was especially fond of candy - and of all varieties of candy, chocolate was his absolute favorite. So we formed a regular circle of friends - that has lasted all these years. And that was how I first came to know Jack Abravanel.

Jack could kid - he had a good sense of humor - but I particularly remember when we would talk about serious subjects. Jack was a thoughtful person. Jack was a very kind person. Jack was exceptionally bright - he could observe what seemed to be unrelated events and see a meaning, a connection - often more quickly than those around him. I saw in this a unique, exceptional intelligence. And like many very smart people Jack didn't seem to recognize how very smart he was.

Jack was a loving person - he had a very deep love for Lela ...to observe their love for each other...I think their love and the expression of their love had foundations in their Greek heritage.

Jack's love for his daughters was beautiful. Tammy and Doris were his delight and gave Jack such pleasure.

But Jack's most particular delight and constant pleasure was his granddaughter, Makena - he was her “papou”. Over the years, as Makena grew, Jack spent as much time with her as possible...he watched her grow and he helped her grow. I recall he became resigned, as she grew older, that she would spend more time with her young friends, as most young people do.

Jack knew I had younger grandchildren and he would remind me to spend as much time with them as possible because soon they would turn to their own activities and need their grandpa less and less.

I remember when it first became general knowledge that my Shelly had cancer - Jack was the delegate from the dinner group - he brought over 2 pair of pajamas. He talked about his diagnosis then - he talked about Parkinsons and said it was nothing that he couldn't handle.

Jack was well adjusted insofar as his place in the world. He had lots of friends. He was an educated man. He was a handsome man - he had a beautiful head of hair. He was very “greek” – and he had a Mediterranean temperament.

It was always fun to talk with Jack - especially because he was so bright - he had a sweetness about him.

Jack loved his family: Lela, Doris, Tammy, Craig, Makena.

He was so proud of his heritage - Jewish and Greek.

He loved the baked goods that Lore Coe and Susie Sherman would make, especially if it involved chocolate.

Sometimes Jack, at just the right moment, would grab a handkerchief and do a dance.

What did Jack's friendship mean to me? It meant everything I have spoken of.

And he will continue to live in our hearts…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Aunt Lela,

We want to offer our sincere condolences on your recent loss. We can only imagine how difficult it has been for you and your family losing uncle Jack
May God's blessings and peace be with you and your wonderful family.

With Love,

Sam-Nadia-Mary
Monday, September 24, 2012
My condolences to the family. May the God of tender mercies give you comfort.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Doris,

Please accept my condolences at the loss of your dad. I met him a couple of times and he was very gracious and he had a great sense of humor. May the wonderful memories you shared and the knowledge that people care help you and your family through this tough time.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Doris and Tammy, I read both of your writings on your facebook pages. I am so touched by what both of you wrote, I had to search more and find out more about your dad. He was a special man - and thank you both for writing such wonderful letters in memory of him - it made me think again about my dad, who left us way too early in life. Charish every memory!
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