Del Ray Beach, Fla. — David Blonder, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, died peacefully on Friday, June 1, 2018, in Del Ray Beach, surrounded by family.
The youngest of five children, David lived a long and fulfilling life for over 89 years.
He is survived by his older sister, Esther; three sons, Todd, Ira and Gary; plus his nephew, Oren Leff, whom he always considered a fourth son; six grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces and other cousins; and his loving aide, Rhona.
David’s parents, Rose and Sam Blonder, emigrated from Latvia in 1909 (Russia) and eventually settled in Oswegatchie (Waterford). He, along with his mom, dad, two brothers and two sisters, lived in a tiny apartment above his family’s garage and gas station. He now joins in heaven his beloved wife of 57 years, Delores, who passed away in 2007. Active in religious and the local community, the Blonder family were members of Beth El Synagogue in New London.
David entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 12, 1946, at 18 years old, and served his country with honor and distinction, receiving a World War II Victory Medal and Occupation Medal for his service in post-occupation Japan. David took over the family business in 1950. Blonder’s Used Auto Parts achieved notable acclaim for David’s incredible work ethic, integrity and compassion for those in need. He was always there to extend a helping hand to his neighbors; his word was his bond, so a “handshake from Dave” was all you needed to do business with him.
Dave’s love of boating and fishing lasted throughout his life until Parkinson’s Disease forced him to abandon the water. David created so many wonderful memories… and will always be in our hearts. Dad, we love you and will always miss you.
A private funeral service was held in Del Ray Beach, Fla.