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Seymour J. Ratner

1921 - 2013 Seymour Jack Ratner was born on Sept. 26,1921 in New York City to Samuel and Esther Ratner. He was the middle child and was preceded in death by his younger brother, Harold, and older sister, Sally.

He was an intelligent and hard working young man who, due to the hard economic times of the 1930s, was forced to forego a college education and began to work, starting at a very young age. He never forgot the importance of an education - a value he always communicated to his children and Grandchildren

When World War II started in 1941, he served honorably in the US Army in defense of freedom.

In 1946, he married Sylvia Shedlo, a marriage which lasted until her death in 1966

They had two children together, Paul and Robert. He was an active and engaged father with his boys who always enjoyed the times they spent together, primarily in the pursuit of various sports and sporting events. He struggled as a single parent to raise his 13- and 17-year-old sons after the death of Sylvia who lies here next to him.

In 1966, he married Diane Gerritt, a widow with three young boys. They successfully and, with great difficulty, melded the two families of five young boys into one household. They remained married until her death in 1991.

In 1993, he married Judith Jury. They spent the last 20 years fully enjoying each other and their passion for art and photography.

Seymour was a man who had a joy of life even in his final year of suffering. His two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren will remember him as a man of honesty, humor and love for those who touched his life,

Through all adversity, personal loss, and illness, his favorite saying was "You will never start living until you stop worrying about dying." He truly lived in every sense by those words

Oscar Wilde once said, "Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older, they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." He and his children lived long enough to see that day.

BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street, Great Barrington, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made through royfuneralservices.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 16, 2013
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