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Norfolk - Jerry David Baydush, 75, recently of the 100 block of Oak Run Ct, Lewisville, NC, peacefully died on May 30, 2014 after a devastating illness. He was a very kind, attentive, and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son, brother, and friend. He was a hard working well-regarded businessman and lifelong supporter of Norfolk Academy, from which he graduated in 1957. He remained close with his graduating class through his final days. He played football and basketball for Norfolk Academy. He then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he also played football. He married Joan Bass in September 1963 and had two children in the following years.
Words cannot possibly express how special a husband he was to his forever sweetheart Joanie. They catered to each other with love and respect and were always at each other side and in each other's heart. They were best friends and spouses. He was a doting father and grandfather who cherished his son Alan Baydush, his late daughter Helen Baydush Kehayas Verhulst, and his grandsons Alexander Kehayas and Aidan Baydush. They were treasures to him beyond words and the lights of his life. He adored Alan's wife, Lori Tebbets Baydush, as he would an actual daughter. His parents, Marion and Junius Baydush, predeceased him, as did his brother Fred Baydush. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted sister Libby Baydush Furst, her husband Mark Furst, and his siblings Robin Feldman Kyle, Brian Feldman, and Howard Feldman and numerous other cousins, nieces, and nephews on both sides, and many friends. We will all miss him dearly.
Jerry lived almost his entire life in Norfolk until moving to Lewisville, NC after his retirement in 2013. He consistently had a deep interest in spirituality and helped guide his two grandsons towards Torah and Judaism. Jerry was a skilled craftsman, gifted chef, and hobbyist throughout the years with a very strong love of family. He consistently developed friendships where ever he went, even in his final days. While often a man of few words, he let his actions speak loudly for his heart and passion.
Special thanks are extended to the nurses, aides, and physician at Regency Care of Clemmons, 3905 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons, NC, for their skilled compassion and kind support during his rehabilitation and final days. The family could not have cared for him without their heartfelt commitment.
Graveside services will be held Sunday at 12 noon at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Va by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg. Additional remarks will be added by Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral on Sunday at the home of Libby Baydush Furst and Mark Furst, 4601 Sam Snead Ct, Virginia Beach. Services will be held by Rabbi Mandelberg, Sunday at 5pm at the house.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jerry's name may be made to either Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk or Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Dr, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103 or the charity of one`s choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.com.
H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments
1501 Colonial Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 31, 2014