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David E. Garfinkel

September 14, 2014

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Garfinkel, David E.

June 13, 1924- September 14, 2014

With great sadness, we mourn the loss of David Garfinkel. David passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of September 14, 2014, surrounded by family and the caring and compassionate hospice staff from Skirball Hospice.

David was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. David was one of seven children (Pauline, Sonia,Ruthie, Sam, Heshie, and Norman) born to Sonia and Solomon Garfinkel. David came to California after his tour of duty in Europe during World War II. David attended UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in engineering.

David met his beautiful wife, Beverly, at a Lawrence Welk Concert in Ocean Park, California. The two married on May 2, 1954. In 1959, they moved to the San Fernando Valley, with their two young sons, Ross and Jeff. They completed their family in 1965 with the birth of Gregg. David lived in the same house for over 55 years !

David was a skilled and accomplished engineer. He began his career with Northrop Grumman, and then worked for Lockheed for more than 35 years. He received numerous accolades for his facilities design, and was most proud of his tenure with Lockheed’s Skunk Works. David was a rabid baseball fan (Dodgers), an avid salt water fisherman, and loved talking stocks with his sons Jeff and Ross.

He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, a great fishing buddy, and the best pappa his grandsons could ever ask for. He rarely missed a sporting event involving his grandsons, even when their respective teams were playing, in his words “miserably.” Working out was his “other” religion, spending most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s in the gym from 1988 until earlier this year.

Preceded in death by his lovely wife, Beverly, David leaves behind his sons, Ross, Jeff, and Gregg, his grandsons, Zachary, Wesley, Benjamin, and Brandon, and his brother, Harry, his cousins and many friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills on Thursday, September 17, 2014 at 9:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Jewish Home for the Aging (Balboa Buddy Program) ( or to the David Garfinkel Memorial Fund at Temple Ahavat Shalom, located at 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge California 91326.