• "Dear Alice: This is a sad day. I amI sorry to see David..."
  • "Im so sorry for your lost May God give your family strength..."
    - Zabrina
  • "Dear Alice and Family, I was very sad to hear of David's..."
    - Roberta Haim
  • "David, if I never knew you, then how come it feels as..."
    - Alexander Levi
  • "We were so sorry to hear this sad news. David brought so..."
    - Betty Brenner

BELGRAY--David C.,

86, died on July 25th, 2018, surrounded by his family in Torrington, CT. Husband of Alice, father of Laura and Marian, father-in-law of Steven Eckler and Rob Blatt, adoring PopPop of Samson and Elena. Native and lifelong New Yorker, from the Bronx to the Upper Westside. Stationed in Hawaii in the Army, with R&R in Japan, he kicked off a passion for new places and people. Long before there was an ancestry.com, he discovered and connected over 2000 relatives worldwide, finding cousins in Israel, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and other far-flung places. His favorite book was the phone book, which he'd open in any city, country, or planet. Any name starting with Bil or Bel was a likely new cousin, and about to get a call. After putting his Columbia University MBA to use in finance and systems at American and Eastern Airlines, he earned a PhD in psychoanalytic psychology and began his life's work as Dr. Belgray. He was the last to leave a party; the first to speak out about mismanagement, injustice, or an item on a bill. He constantly connected with new people and reconnected with friends from as far back as age four. He could say "What is your name" in every language. He loved feelings, genealogy, helping people, Judaica, tradition, speaking Spanish, reading obituaries, rain, an ocean view, wrinkle- free shirts with a pocket, smoked herring and borscht, and, most of all, his family. Services will be held at 11am, Sunday, at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam. Donations in David's memory can be made to The ACLU or Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel.

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Published in The New York Times on July 27, 2018
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