David Blon­der

The Day - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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