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Henry David Weissmann

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Henry David Weissmann, 74, of Binghamton, NY, died peacefully in his home on December 16 after a courageous 3 month battle with Melanoma. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carol (Simons), and predeceased by a son, Denton. He is also survived by children, Mark (Tara), Scott (Catherine), Dori (Bill) Johnson; grandchildren, Devin, Jennifer and Cara, Ruthie, Elliott and Isaac, Samara and Maya; brother-in-law, Ronnie (Wilma) Simons; and his faithful dog, Derby. Henry was born January 9, 1936, in Mannheim, Germany, son of Fred and Erna Weissmann. A Holocaust survivor, he came to the United States with his parents when he was four years old where he grew up and built a thriving dairy farm in Harpursville, NY. He was a graduate of Harpursville Central School, Perkiomen Preparatory School and WV Wesleyan College. Special people in his life were his Farm managers and their families, Yasharians', Dickeys' and Masse's. He served as a Broome County Legislator from 9th District and after retiring from farming he went to work for Broome County, where he served as Manager of Risk and Insurance, Deputy County Clerk, Manager of Department of Motor Vehicles, and Director of Public Works. Following retirement from Broome County in December 2007, he worked for Nezuntoz Cafe, where son, Scott, is an owner. Henry never expected to retire and he worked up to two days before entering the hospital for his last bout with cancer. Always active in community affairs, he was founding President of Colesville Rotary Club, Past President and Treasurer of the Broome Tioga Holstein Club, member of Farm Bureau, Member of Afton Sertoma Club, Member and past Treasurer of Hillcrest Rotary. He served for 20 years on the Board of Education of Harpursville Central School. He served on the Boards of Children's Home of Wyoming Conference and Metro Interfaith Housing. For many years he and his family enjoyed hosting a variety of Rotary Exchange Students. He was an ardent fund raiser, whether managing golf tournaments or pancake breakfasts or flipping hotdogs and hamburger for various organizations. He loved sports and was quite an athlete in his day, playing football in college and coaching his children in later years. His love of sport was honored each year as Henry, Mark, Scott and friends traveled annually to NYC for the NCAA basketball tournaments. He also loved Broadway shows and was a long-time season ticket holder to The Cider Mill with many friends. He loved entertaining and planning parties. At Cayuga Lake he and Carol enjoyed years of wonderful weekends with their Stress Reduction friends. They shared memories with lake neighbors and White Elephant friends, also Bridge Club friends and Bridgeport breakfast and dinner parties and Canaan weekends with their WV family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Henry's memory may be made to the , PO Box 1100, Syracuse, NY, 13201, Children's Home of Wyoming Conference, 1182 Chenango St., Binghamton, NY 13901 or Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850. Special thanks to Hospice, UHS Rehab, Dr. Yalamanchili, Rabbi Goldman-Wartell from Temple Concord, Pastor Daniel Ling, Chenango Bridge United Methodist Church, friends who retrofitted the house, caregivers Doreen and Kim, and Vi Barriger, special foster daughter, nurse and savior extraordinaire, who allowed Henry to remain at home until the end. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Drive, Binghamton. Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell will officiate. The family will receive friends at the Temple from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery, Johnson City. There will be a meal of consolation and Shiva from 4-6 at the Temple. Arrangements by the Savage-DeMarco Funeral Service.

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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2010
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