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GARFINKEL--Jack, 95, August 14, 2013. Predeceased by his beloved wife Lillian of 55 years. Devoted father of Barbara (Vernon) and Richard. Loving brother to Sidney. His joy of living and loving ways will be missed by all. Retired professional basketball player and teacher. Visiting 5-8pm Thursday. Services 11:30am Friday at IJ Morris, Brooklyn.

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Published in New York Times on Aug. 15, 2013.
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August 20, 2013
sympathy from the schectman family, we lost ossie last month, and he always
spoke about "dutch"..i met him at the home of ralph kaplowitz about 5 yrs ago..
ralph's daughter marsha informed me yesterday of his passing, although she
did not know how to reach the family....sincerely, peter schectman
August 19, 2013
our best thought are with you

Helene/Don Eisenberg

long lost cousin
August 17, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family of Dutch Garfinkel. The physical body may have passed but for those of us who knew him, his spirit and our memories of him still live on. Had I not seen the documentary First Basket a few weeks ago, I would be saying that the last time I saw Dutch was over 50 years ago when he helped many of us ease the painful transition from "boyhood" to manhood. Seeing him on screen -- looking younger than me (69) -- not only made my lips smile, but if it's possible, my entire body grin. His voice really hadn't changed much (maybe a bit more scraggy and even a bit more Brooklyn), and I certainly recognized him as if 50 + years just melted away and I was back in his class at George Gershwin Junior High School, listening as he enlightened a class of naive pre-adolescents on how to grow up to be a mensch and the advantages of the underhand free throw (long, long before Rick Barry). I still throw that way and I still make more shots at the foul line than kids a quarter my age. Best compliment I received was having the local ball hustlers point to me after one of their own kept missing shots and say, "Hey 'Hands', one more miss and we're gonna have that old white guy sub for you, at least he can 'swish a free'". THANK YOU, DUTCH! I won't miss you, because you'll always be with me as long there's a ball that bounces and a hoop overhead.
David Silberman
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