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On February 2nd Joseph Gottfried of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away. Born in 1920, in Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia, he survived World War II and lived for a number of years in Italy before moving to New York in 1949. He eventually moved to Florida, where he spent the last 32 years of his life. Throughout his long life he was deeply involved in promoting an understanding of Yugoslav, Jewish and Israeli affairs. He was active in the Association of Yugoslav Jews in the United States, Free Synagogue of Flushing, the Jewish Federation, Temple Judea and was a frequent speaker and lecturer for the Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches. A passionate man, he spoke and wrote on a myriad of topics that interested him, ranging from US economics to Israeli politics. Joseph was an engineer who owned and ran a roofing business in New York, prior to moving to Florida in 1980, where he continued to work as a consultant until he fully retired. He was a member of the American Arbitration Association. He married Bianca in New York, New York on July 3, 1952. In addition to Bianca, his wife of over 60 years, he is survived by his children, Margaret Gottfried Miller of Teaneck, New Jersey, her two children Joshua and Alyson and Mark Gottfried of Biscayne Park, Florida. In lieu of flowers contributions to either Mazon (P.O. Box 96119, Washington, DC 20090) or Friends of Yad Sarah (450 Park Ave FL 7, New York, NY 10022-2750). Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:30 PM under the direction of I.J. Morris Funeral Directors, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd West Palm Beach, Fl 33417 (561)-683-8676 with interment to follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in West Palm Beach.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2013