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David Byck

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David A. Byck III - SAVANNAH - David A. Byck III, retired Savannah realtor who was long involved in community service, died early Wednesday at his home after a courageous fight with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. Byck was born August 19, 1929 in Savannah, the son of the late David A. Byck Jr. and Ruth Ferst Byck. He was a 1947 graduate of Savannah High School. He continued his education at the University of Georgia, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was a first lieutenant-Artillery in the United State Army, serving in 1953 in Korea. Upon returning to Savannah, Mr. Byck joined Lynes Realty, and later worked for the David J. Morrison Company. In 1972 he became owner and principal broker of David Byck Realty. He retired in 2008. In 2010, Mr. Byck was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame, adding this prestigious award to a long list of lifetime honors and recognition. He preferred to think of himself as a community servant, rather than as a community leader. Mr. Byck served in leadership roles of a number of organizations, including founding president of the Small Business Assistance Corporation, president of the Savannah Board of Realtors, the Savannah Multi-List Corporation, Savannah Certified Development Corporation, the Exchange Club of Savannah, Congregation Mickve Israel, the Savannah Code Enforcement Appeals Board, adjutant of the Military Order of World Wars and president of the Parkinson's Support Group. Additionally, Mr. Byck served on the boards of the Better Business Bureau of Savannah, Savannah Country Day School, Selective Service Board #25-Chatham County, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, the Savannah Jewish Federation, the Jewish Educational Alliance and Senior Citizens of Savannah, Inc. He was a member of the National Association of Real Estate Boards, the Savannah Board of Realtors, Commercial Million Dollar Club member and Historic Savannah Foundation, Inc. He was a member of Zerubbabel Lodge #15, of Masons and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Masonry, Alee Temple of Shrine and an honorary member of the Alee Shrine Patrol. Mr. Byck is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ellen Rothschild Byck; two sons and a daughter and their spouses, Drs. David Boley and Peggy Byck, of Savannah; Nancy Byck and Dr. Eric Burton of Fort Myers, FL, and Edwin and Melinda Byck, of Savannah; eight grandchildren, including Amanda Byck, Atlanta, Jessica Byck, Atlanta, and Elle Byck Savannah; Carson Burton, Michael Burton and Brett Burton, of Fort Myers; Adam Byck and David Byck of Savannah; a sister, Joan Byck Loeb of Montgomery AL, and several nieces and nephews. His caregivers during his illness include Mildred Young, Sherry Johnson, Denishia Crawford, Phyllis Smith, Mary Ann Jones, Lee A White and Mary Bennifield. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Laurel Grove Cemetery, with Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel officiating. Fox and Weeks Funeral Home is in charge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Congregation Mickve Israel, Senior Citizens, Inc., Hospice Savannah or a . Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News November 16, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012
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