TROY, N.Y. – Abraham Singer died June 13.
Born in the Polish town of Chmelnik, on Nov. 14, 1924, he, along with four siblings, survived the atrocities of the Holocaust by using his wit and unique personality.
After World War II, he made his way to Glasgow, Scotland, where he met and married Rita Lakritz and became a master watchmaker at the British Horological Institute.
The family later moved to Troy and eventually established the family business, Singer’s Watchmakers & Jewelers. He retired about 10 years ago, but the business continues under his son’s leadership in Albany, N.Y.
Before retiring, he helped establish Congregation Torah Ohr in Boca Raton, Fla. He held many leadership roles in Troy’s Jewish community, including as president of Temple Beth El. He was a widely respected role model for many.
He is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, his children Lorraine Rappoport, L. Jeffrey Singer and Beena Levy; his sons-in-law Dr. Harvey Rappoport and Steven Levy; his grandchildren Joshua Rappoport and his wife Trina, Benjamin Rappoport and his wife Abby, Rachel Meiner and her husband Yaron, Jaime Levy and Jacob Levy and his great-granddaughter Neomi Meiner.