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GRAD, EDWARD, 75, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2006. Edward lived his life as a modest, gentle, and generous man who loved his family and friends. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a man who gave freely of his time to many worthwhile causes. He was a true mentsch. Born in the Bronx to Stella and Max Grad in 1930, he grew up in Sheepshead Bay, attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn and graduated from City College in New York, where he proudly served in the ROTC. After moving to Miami he attended the University of Miami, where, through a mutual friend, he met Molle whom he married in 1952. Edward originally worked as a salesman for Acme Wine and Liquor and later became the Comptroller for Atlantic Liquor Company, where he worked "in a glass cage" on one of the first IBM computers. He then joined forces with Eugene Fleischer, forming Mark XX Investment Corporation. Together they developed and constructed a number of commercial and residential properties, including one of the earliest subdivisions in Century Village in West Palm Beach. He was President of Paragon Building Supplies until he retired to manage his own residential properties. Edward was among the founding members of Temple Beth Am, serving on numerous committees, including the religious committee, where he and Henry Wechsberg hired Rabbi Herbert Bamguard. In his earlier years he was a member of ToastMasters and volunteered his time to Civil Defense and the Miami Power Squadron. While raising his youngest son, Edward, along with Kirk McDonald and Evan Olster helped to establish Horizon School for Gifted Children. For many years Edward was very active with Miami Metro Zoo, where he and Molle were docents and philanthropists, and funded the Grad Family Petting Zoo. He took great pleasure in giving tours to the public, while Molle worked behind the scenes caring for the animals in the Outreach Program. In later years, Edward enjoyed his twice-weekly volunteer work at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. His favorite activities included handball, fishing, reading, music, and art. He didn't simply collect art, but got to know his favorite artists as well. His other great love was travel and he and Molle traveled extensively throughout the world and attended more than forty Elderhostels. For the last thirteen years Edward was a member of Temple Beth Or, serving on the Bet Din and Mutual Support committees. Inspired by Rami Shapiro and Marsha Cohen, among others, he had a desire to learn all that he could about Judaism. During this same time period he discovered the pleasures of Beech Mountain, North Carolina and began spending his summers there. While on "vacation" in the mountains he founded the Havurah of the High Country, spearheaded the formation of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and was a member of the Boone Jewish Community. During those summer months he also enjoyed his weekly bocce ball games, the many cultural events that Appalachian State University offered, as well as the summer dramatic productions put on at Lees McCrae College. He is survived by Molle, his loving wife of 54 years, and children Susan (Ted Adelman), Stuart (Judy), and Marc (Myriam) and grandchildren Michael, Andrew, Rachel and Max, his brother Richard (Marlene), and cousins Charles (Rita) and Barbara (Jim Robbins) and many friends who he deeply appreciated and were of comfort to him, especially during these last few years. Donations can be made to Temple Beth Or, 11715 S. W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33173 or American Friends of Magen David Adom-AFMDA Southeast Region 2100 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Suite 205 Hallandale, FL 33009 or Appalachain State University with Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies written in the memo line, ASU Post Office Box 32146, Boone, North Carolina, 28608-2146. Memorial service 10/1/06 at 10AM at Temple Beth Or. To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.herald.com/obituaries.

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Published in the Miami Herald from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2006.
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September 15, 2014
I met Ed, while I was working at Kings Creek gym, where he used to go exercise weekly during his stay in Miami. Although I was only in my early 20's, we made a wonderful friendship through our conversations about travelling, art and literature. He was such a wonderful person and made an enormous impact in my life. Our first conversation started with me telling him I was half Turkish which led way to a 2 hr. conversation of his trips there. We became great friends after that. Although I only met you on a few occasions, Mrs. Grad, I felt like I knew you for a lifetime, thanks to all the wonders Ed spoke of you. You even made me a scarf one time for Christmas (not sure if you remember). Both of you remained in my memories for years until I stumbled upon a letter Ed had wrote to me from North Carolina and I decided to search for him in hopes to find him still alive and full of energy as I remembered him to be. It broke my heart to find he is no longer with us and he passed just a year after I last communicated with him. Please know that he will live on in my memory until I take my last breath. I know it is very late to say this but my deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
Tishan Morales
February 3, 2007
Dearest Mollie,
I only now, am reading of Ed's passing and tears fell down my cheeks, as I remembered the last time I hugged your beloved husband.
Though I only saw you from time to time in Boone, I always loved running into you both and especially sharing those close hugs and loving warm words. I will miss Ed and send you my deepest love and sympathy for your great loss. My heart is with you.
Much much love, your friend Susan
Susan Musilli
November 2, 2006
Mrs. Grad,

I just wanted to pass along my sympathy to you and your family. I enjoyed my time with you and Mr. Grad. I will always remember him as a great person.

Marta Rutherford
Marta & Kirk Rutherford
October 7, 2006
Dear Molle;
It was our pleasure and honor to have known Ed , this kind and gentle man and friend. He was so optimistic at all times and never complained about his own health.
He should be an example to others as he gave of himself so unselfishly to others and worthy causes. We shall miss his smiling face.
Berge & Meline Markarian
Berge Markarian
October 6, 2006
Dear Molle and Family: We are so proud to have known Ed. He gave us such pleasure aquainting us with all the areas of Beech and going for our wonderful rides and teaching us to appreciate the mountains as he did...and also being a part of the Chavurah of the High Country when it was in its infancy at your welcoming home..we will miss Ed and welcome Molle back to the mountain with open arms
Emily/Morty Bertisch
October 5, 2006
October 5, 2006
Ed Grad brought joy into our lives,and into the live of all who knew him. He was a mench, and we shall miss him.

Jewel and Ben Fogel
Jewel Fogel
October 4, 2006
Dear Molle,Stuart,Marc,Susan,your spouses and children.
Having known Ed,(only use Edward when you are angry)about 60 years it is hard to realize he is gone.My feelings for him and his wonderful family was enhanced during the two years my family spent in Kendall Fl.(1969-1971) Coming from Brooklyn,and not knowing anyone was made,easy by the assimilation of the Schechters into the Grad family I could go on almost indefinitely,but I think you know what I am trying to say,We will never forget Ed Grad.
William Schechter
October 4, 2006
We lost a dear friend when Eddie died and we will miss him. We're lucky that we have so many wonderful memories of being with him and Molle over the years. We know that these kinds of memories over 54 years, will sustain Molle and the family in this time of grief. May Gd bless you all.
Ruth and Stan Etkin
October 4, 2006
Oh my gosh I had no idea that Ed had done so much for this world! And the world will miss him. God's blessings on you at this very difficult time. Molle, you have been the most devoted of wives and we mourn with you this day.
Janet Speer
October 3, 2006
Molle; Marc gave us the obituary site and told us the service was wonderful. What a wonderful tribute to Ed! We knew he was an active guy but had no idea the extent of his terrific community service in two states! Obviously, MANY people and organizations besides his family and friends will miss him! As will we.
Mike and Kathy Lightcap
October 3, 2006
We can add that we have known Ed for many years and admired all the things he and Molle have initiated that have added to the pleasure of all our lives. Linda and NOrman Spitzer, Lake Worth, FL
Linda & Norman Spitzer
October 2, 2006
Ed made such an impact on our life here in Beech Mountain. He intro- duced us to friends, to Havurah, to favorite restaurants and concerts, to many worthy causes... and to a deep appreciation for the sense of community among the people of the High Country. He will be missed by so many. Our beautiful mountain will not be quite the same wothout him !
Linda & Neil Lentin
Linda & Neil Lentin
October 2, 2006
All of the Broderick's extend their deepest condolences to Marc and the entire Grad family on the loss of Edward.
Sean Broderick
October 1, 2006
Our deepest sympathies to Molle and the family. We will truly miss this quiet, gentle mentsch.
fondly Sam & Greta
greta malkin
September 30, 2006
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