April 7, 1920 - November 7, 2021 William Eisen passed away peacefully on November 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 101. Mr. Eisen, known as Willie, had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He was an avid reader and amateur inventor whose greatest pleasure was meeting and talking to people and spending time with his family.
Throughout his life, Willie's attentive nature and photographic memory for faces ensured that he never forgot even the most minute detail about someone. He loved all types of music, and could often be heard singing or humming cheerfully to himself. As an adult he gave concertina lessons a brief try, and well into his 90s could do a top notch foxtrot. He cared deeply about people, social justice, and the state of the world, and was unique among people his age in his enduring receptivity to learning new things that would broaden or change his perspective. He was proud to reply to anyone who might initially question his cognitive abilities as a centenarian, "I have all my marbles", and he did.
Willie spent much of his life in New York City. After briefly attending City College, he worked for several decades as a salesman and manager at an office furniture company, and volunteered to serve in the army during World War II.
In midlife he moved to the house he adored on Irma Avenue in Port Washington, where he would spend more than three decades. Together with his beloved wife Eva, to whom he was married for more than 60 years, he was an active member of the community and known to many neighbors, shopkeepers, and the rabbi and congregants at Port Jewish Center. Late in life, he moved to California to be closer to family. Through decades up to the end he was a fixture and celebrity in his own right attending countless concerts by the rock band KISS of which his son is a founding member.
Willie was born in the Bronx on April 7, 1920 to immigrants Rebecca and Harry Eisenhandler and had 3 siblings now deceased. He is survived by his son Paul, his daughter Julia, his grandchildren Ericka, Evan, Colin, Sarah, Emily and two great grandchildren, Vivian and Sabine.
His family will always be grateful to the loving care provided by Noreen and Nona for the past 7 1/2 years.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Nov. 21, 2021.