David Becker, 98, of Verona died Oct. 27, 2015. He was born and raised in Long Branch.
Mr. Becker rose to the executive level at Bamberger’s and Macy’s, dedicating his life’s work to the fur industry.
He was a veteran of World War II.
An avid sports fan, he helped form the Jewish Aces in the early 1930s, taking part in their basketball victory against the Newark “Y” in 1937. Actively involved in the Jewish community, he was president of the Union chapter of B’nai B’rith and served on the state level of the Anti-Defamation League. He was a member of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange for over 50 years.
He gave Jackie Robinson an Americanism award, lectured at FIT in New York, and was honored for his work by the City of Hope, a charitable medical institution.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Pearl; his son, Marc (Phyllis); his daughter, Sari; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at Oheb Shalom Congregation.