David Serko

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1931 - 2018
SERKO – David | Devoted husband of Joan for 64 years, loving father of Rick (Terri), Jon (Tracey) and Wendy Lewis (Peter); and adored grandfather of Ron, Jessica, Ian, Eliza, Lianna, Rachel, Nathaniel, Julia and Teddy; and dear brother of Trudy Umansky (Chuck), passed away peacefully at his home on June 12th, 2018.

Dave had a way about him that let everyone know that he cared, and he took a genuine interest in the lives of others. Passionate, thoughtful and authentic, Dave touched those in his life with his warm, generous heart, and his adventurous nature. Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Panama, Dave attended Syracuse University where he met Joan, the love of his life. Upon graduation, Dave started his legal career as a full-time law clerk, while attending NYU Law School at night. He went on to practice law for over 50 years. The founder and managing partner of several prominent firms, including Serko & Simon, Dave was known as a leader in Customs and International Trade and was world renowned in his field. As one of his many accomplishments, Dave was a legal scholar, having published several books housed in the Harvard University Library.

In addition to his legal career, Dave had a multitude of other interests. He was an avid equestrian, a skilled fisherman, and a voracious reader. He will be missed by his family, friends and all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 15th, 12:00pm, at Gutterman's Funeral Home, 8000 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or to the PO Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
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Gutterman's Funeral Home
8000 Jericho Tpke
Woodbury, NY 11797
(516) 921-5757
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Published in The New York Times from June 14 to June 17, 2018
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