Sacks, Arnold S.
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June 14, 1925 - Feb. 20, 2013
Arnold S. Sacks died peacefully at 7:24 AM on Wednesday Feb. 20th. in Sarasota, FL., his loving family by his side. He was 87 years old. Arnold was born on June 14th, 1925 in Westhampton Beach, NY to Julius and Mae Sacks. As a young boy, he started work at his family's business, H. Sacks and Sons Produce in East Quogue, NY ascending to the title of President. "Arnie", as he was known to his friends and family, was always quick with a joke or some good-natured ribbing. His humor and wit were enjoyed by everyone lucky enough to have met him. In his later years Arnie and his wife Pat most enjoyed spending quality time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also an avid poker player. In 2010, at the age of 85 he won 1st place in a professional tournament as an amateur, beating out many of today's top pros. Arnie was accepted into college but, out of pride for his country enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. As a Radioman 1st Class, he served on the USS Nashville, surviving a kamikaze attack on December 13th, 1944 that took the lives of 133 of his fellow sailors and wounded countless others. After the USS Nashville steamed back to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for heavy repairs, he continued calling in air strikes from the beaches under the command of 8 additional ships. Arnold S. Sacks was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 as a decorated veteran having earned a Purple Heart, Philippine Liberation Medal - 2 Stars, Asiatic Pacific Medal - 3 Stars, European Theatre Medal, American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, and a Unit Commendation. Arnie was predeceased by his brother Bobby. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Pat, his sister Dorothy Gordon, his children Harry Sacks, Debbie & Craig Dolan, and Greg & Vicky Sacks, grandchildren Nicole Sacks, Kristen Sacks, Kate & Dave Fohrkolb, Carolynne Harvey, Brian Sacks, Paul & Laura Sacks, Rachel Sacks, and 7 great-grandchildren. Grave site service to be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on Monday March 4th @ 1:30 PM.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2013