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Jack Garfinkle

1933 - 2017
Jack Garfinkle Obituary
Jack M. Garfinkle

January 28, 1933 - September 17, 2017

Jack M. Garfinkle passed away on Sunday, September 17 at the age of 84, after a long struggle with MDS. His final days and hours were spent surrounded in love, enjoying conversation, and fond memories with his wife Arlene, whom he was married to and adored for 58 years, his daughters Jill, Jodi (Chris), son Joel (Jueli), and granddaughter Ashley.
Born and raised in Oakland with parents Samuel and Ruth Garfinkle, older brother Gene and sister Ellen, Jack was a true Bay Area native. He was president of Oakland High in 1950; graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Education. He commuted for 30 years to San Francisco as a stock broker. He was stationed in Japan while serving in the US Army.
Jack's life-long hobbies included horses, traveling, theater, and playing racquetball several times a week. During his retirement, Jack and Arlene became avid glass collectors, often identifying amateur artists long before they became noteworthy. Jack's warm disposition and beautiful spirit were a gift to all who knew him. He had an easy smile, an endearing chuckle, and enjoyed himself most with family nearby. He was a genuine great guy who was liked by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife and 3 children, Jack is survived by brother Gene Garfinkle, sister-in-law Ardith Marguleas; grandchildren Ashley, Courtney, Hallie, Lanie, Emmi, Ariella, Haydn; great grandchildren: Sincere and Thalia. His sister Ellen Goldstein is deceased.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 22nd at 1:30pm at Home of Eternity 5000 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. Reception will follow in Piedmont.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The MDS Foundation 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150 Yardville, NJ 08620,


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2017
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