21 Mar 1913 - 25 Apr 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
David Zuckerman died after a long and productive life at the age of 100 in the home he built sixty-four years ago. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Rosalind in 1995. He is survived by daughters Bernice Greene of Orinda, Shirley Issel (Michael) of Berkeley, and Suzy Gullett (James) of Plymouth, California; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
After his birth in March, 1913 within the farming community of Igestu, David spent his early years in nearby Czernowitz, then of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the age of 16 David led his mother and siblings to reunite with his father George in Concord, California. Landing in Windsor, Canada in 1929, the family secured entry into the USA in 1930 and traveled to join George and other family members in the Bay Area. After earning a Mechanical Engineering degree at University of California, Berkeley, he joined Bethlehem Steel in Alameda where he supervised the construction of war vessels during World War II. He married Rosalind Abram of San Francisco in 1942 and settled in Walnut Creek, where he joined with his father constructing single family homes after the war.
David became a successful contractor and businessman, having a major impact on the exploding Contra Costa community. He was an early leader of Lakewood Community Association, in Walnut Creek. He was a charter member and second president of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Part of the founding committee of John Muir Hospital, he was the first building chairman and served as Chairman of the Board for three years during the critical, formative period. He provided engineering support for Ignacio Valley development and purchased property and developed the Oak Grove shopping in Concord. Some of the buildings he built remain landmarks to this day, including the Main Street Wells Fargo building, and Hilltop Medical in Walnut Creek.
David was mentally and physically active until his last days, working until just two months prior to his death. He was a forceful presence and will be deeply missed by his large family, friends, the John Muir community and the tenants in his beloved shopping center.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, 29 April at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette, CA. Interment will follow at Home of Eternity Cemetery, Oakland. Charitable donations may be made in his name to the
Published in Contra Costa Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013