Gary Sam Hochman
Hellman Memorial Chapels
15 State Street
Spring Valley, NY
Gary Sam Hochman

New City - Gary Sam Hochman, beloved social studies teacher, Camp Starlight Head Counselor, husband, business owner, father, son, & friend - passed away on Oct. 11 in his home in New City. He was 75 & is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Halee, & son Spencer.

Gary grew up in Brooklyn, which imbued him with an enduring love of stick ball, the Yankees, Nathan's hot dogs, deli, dim sum, & cheesecake. Brooklyn is where his love of food began, and Gary's appetite for food & life could never be satiated. When he was around, nobody was going home with leftovers (unless of course, it was covered in cheese).

In his 30+ years at Camp Starlight, Gary was often described as a superhero by countless campers & counselors whose lives he touched through his mentorship, zest for life, compassion, & general silliness. As a public school educator in the S. Bronx, he gained student trust & formed relationships that have lasted decades.

Gary remained active in his retirement, even being known to hand out a business card informing friends "I'm retired - please call: afternoon baseball games, movie matinees, afternoon pool, 1-2 hour lunches." Gary was a one of a kind friend. He was loyal, selfless, & would always show up when you needed him. He will be missed by many, but forever in our hearts.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, 1:00 PM at Beth David Cemetery 300 Elmont Road, Elmont, NY 11103.

Hellman Memorial Chapels

15 State Street

Spring Valley, NY 10977


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Published by The Journal News from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2021.
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Graveside service
Beth David Cemetery
300 Elmont Road, Elmont, NY
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RIP Gary. Your friendship meant so much to me. You made my childhood better. You were always a good person and I´m glad we shared a beautiful friendship. I will always have great memories of you. I wish you eternal peace. Love Daryl
Daryl Karter
October 14, 2021
I know that even though you have a loss, you still have some great memories. I hope those memories will give you comfort in knowing God is with you and your family lean on him in your time of sorrow. Please accept my most deepest condolences.
Simone Taylor
October 13, 2021
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