BITTERMAN David H., 88, a retired retail executive and decorated WWII Veteran, died of respiratory failure on September 18, at Delray Medical Center in Delray, Florida. Mr. Bitterman was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey, by his parents Isidor and Bertha Bitterman. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and rose to the rank of Technical Sergeant. Following participation in the campaign against the Nazi forces in North Africa, he served in the 49th Engineer Combat Battalion, VII Corps, during the invasion of Europe and throughout the European campaign until VII Corps met up with the Soviet forces at the Elbe River in April 1945. The 49th is well known for building the first and last allied bridges of the war in Europe. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Mr. Bitterman returned to the United States and attended New York University and the University of Southern California. In the late 1950s, he founded Bitterman Family Wholesalers, a retail firm in Paterson, New Jersey, that ultimately expanded into operations in over 34 larger retail stores. After his firm was later acquired by the Daylin Corporation, he was named a Corporate Senior Vice President of the Daylin conglomerate. Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Marilyn Bitterman of Boynton Beach, FL, two sons, Mark Bitterman (and his daughter-in-law, Carla Bitterman) of Vienna, VA and Steven Bitterman (and his daughter-in-law, Robin Bitterman) of Wayne, NJ, and four grandchildren Amanda and Evan Bitterman of Wayne, NJ, and Allison and Stephanie Bitterman of Vienna, VA. Chapel services Monday, September 20th, at 12 noon, from the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 973-779-3048, with interment to follow at the Passaic Junction Cemetery Saddle Brook, NJ.
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Published in The Record/Herald News on Sept. 20, 2010