Jonas Waxman
1920 - 2017
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Jonas Waxman
Oct 31, 1920 - May 3, 2017
Resident of Oakland
Jonas Waxman was born on October 31, 1920 in San Francisco to Annie Fishkin and Benjamin Waxman. He graduated from Lowell High School and earned his teaching credentials from San Francisco State. In 1944 Jonas enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Private in the 32nd division while stationed in the Philippines during WWII.
After his Army service, he moved to Oakland. While pursuing his career in education, he met a fellow teacher, Betty Bispo in the late 1950's. Betty would become his lifelong partner of 55+ years. As his career progressed he became Principal in the Oakland School District presiding over Garfield Elementary School, Burckhalter Elementary School and John Swett Elementary School before retiring at the young age of 55.
Jonas had a wide range of interests from collecting and selling Singer cars, to reading restaurant reviews and dining around town, to writing letters and columns on numerous public interest topics. And he loved to travel.
Jonas and Betty traveled extensively throughout Europe and parts of South America. They especially enjoyed their travels to Portugal, visiting twice a year for the last 15 years.
Jonas is preceded in death by his parents, his long-time friends Frank and Lucille Granucci, Bill Aston, Henry Wolf, John Sansone and, his godson Anthony Granucci. He is survived by his loving partner Betty Bispo, his cousin Robert T. Rosen, M.D., and many friends.
He is interred at the Home of Eternity in Oakland, California. If you would like to make a donation in Jonas' honor please choose an organization of your choice or consider supporting Hospice of the East Bay in Pleasant Hill, CA.
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Published in East Bay Times on May 26, 2017.
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