Moshe Tzaig was born in Diwania, Iraq in late 1947 to Y'Aera (Nesseme) and Israel Tzaig. He was the eighth of nine children. His family was exiled to Israel in 1951 where Moshe grew up and served in the army during the Six Day War. Moshe graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked as an Engineer for 30 years, most recently at his company Precast Vault in Napa. Moshe suffered a crushing accident at work in April 2010 and died at home peacefully on November 15, 2012. Moshe was a fiercely independent man with a winning smile and an open heart. He was smart, hard working, a gifted athlete, fun loving, generous, opinionated, and charming, He met the world face on. Moshe loved his children and grandchildren and was happy when they were with him. He met his six-day-old granddaughter, Emma, the night before he died. Moshe enjoyed playing tennis, bridge and golf and was an avid SF Giants fan. He often smiled saying: "Life is good!" He is survived by his wife, Barbara Branagan; his children Jordana (Tavon) Tavakoli, Ellie (Mic) Italiano, and Izzy Tzaig; and step children Chris (Jen) Polaski, Morna Herzberg, Abby (Jesse Goldberg) Herzberg, and grandchildren Jack, Kyle, Emma, Sienna, Nolan, and Thomas. His parents preceded him in death, as did his brother Meir and sister Carmela. He is survived by six siblings: Farhah, Shaul (Zemira), Arie (Sarah), Daisy (David), Boas, and Avi (Varda). He is also survived by five sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews in Israel, England, and the U.S. His family and friends loved Moshe and will miss him deeply. His family invites friends to visit for memorial prayers at 6:00 p.m. on November 24th and/or 25th at 1555 Ronne Drive in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa Mortuary is handling final arrangements. Contributions may be made in his name to the Yartzeit Board, Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, phone: (707) 360-3000, or Sutter VNA Hospice, phone: (707) 535-5700. We are grateful to all who loved Moshe over many years and to the staff at Queen of the Valley Hospital, Kentfield Rehab, and Kaiser; and especially Drs. Mindy Shapiro, Kip Reobkin and Catherine Gutfreund. As Moshe said: "Life is good!"
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 2012