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.
Published in the Miami Herald from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2006.