Alvin Akman

Alvin Akman

February 9, 1931 - December 20, 2020
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    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 | 2:45pm
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 2:45pm
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Alvin Akman, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the age of 89. He is survived by his loving wife, Marion Akman (nee Blumberg); children, Dr. Jeffrey Akman (Steven Mazzola), Dr. Samuel (Lisa) Akman and Rick Akman (Angela Mintz); daughter-in-law, Terri Akman (Randall Stahl); sisters, Natalie (late Malcolm) Gorelick and Anita (Melvin) Steinberg; grandchildren, Matthew Akman (Lindsey Brown), Jared (Amy) Akman, Ryan Akman (Danielle Lopez) and Ben Akman; and great grandchildren, Bryn and Taylor Akman. He was predeceased by his loving son, Bryan Jay Akman; brother, Jerome Akman; and parents, Ruth and Joseph Akman.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 at 2:45 pm. Interment Beth El Memorial Park. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Bryan Akman Scholarship Fund, c/o George Washington University School of Medicine, P.O. Box 98131, Washington, DC 20077-9756.
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Mick Lifson

Posted at 12:11pm
Twinkle in his eye. Heart of gold. So smart and witty. We all miss him. I grew up in the Akman household and will be ever grateful. Love you all very much.

Sherrie Glasser

Posted at 05:46pm
I have been trying for days to write a few words about Al, but found it beyond difficult to express all that he meant to my parents, Jane and “Sonny” Berger. “Best of friends” does not come close to describing the bond that began between Al and Marian and my parents the mid 1950s. From that time on, they remained in daily contact, sharing every aspect of their lives, the good, the bad, the celebrations, the heartaches. They were always been there for each other. When my dad passed away in 2007, Al and Marion did not leave my mom’s side. Her affection and respect for him is indescribable. And though not related to him by blood or marriage, given the integral role he played in my parents’ lives, Al’s passing has left indelible void in her heart. While my thoughts and prayers go out to Marian, the family, and all those who grieve the loss of this truly exceptional man, I nevertheless felt compelled to add a comment regarding the happiness and joy he brought to my parents for over 66 years. May he rest in peace.

Chris and Nancy (Deitchman) Catterton

Posted at 04:33pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Chris and Nancy (Deitchman) Catterton

Mark A. Schweitzer

Posted at 05:53pm
What a wonderful, sweet and gentle mensch Alvin was. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marian and her entire family.
Mark & Fritzie Schweitzer

Ron Kean & Family

Posted at 09:06am
A Good & Great man who made everyone he came in contact with feel special. I will always remember his smile and Amazing Grace. I'm sure Al & Bryan will have a lot to talk about.

Joyce and George Goodman

Posted at 06:09pm

Dear Natalie, Anita and Marion and Family
Saddened to hear of Alvin's passing. He indeed was a mensch and a lovely gentleman. Please accept our deepest sympathy on your great loss. May your wonderful memories be a source of much comfort.

Joyce and George Goodman


Marcie and Doug Koteen

Posted at 05:59pm
Marion and the entire Akman family - please know you all are in our hearts, sending our heartfelt condolences to the family. May the decades long best friendship our parents shared with all the wonderful memories bring comfort to the family during this difficult time. As I light the Yahrzeit candle tomorrow night for my dad, Sonny Berger, can't help to think that maybe Al and my dad are now back together again, with Al smiling saying, "Sonny...we had a great run". Sending our love to all of you now and always.

Sue Taylor

Posted at 05:02pm
Dear Marion and Family,
So sadden to hear about Alvin's passing. He was a great guy and lots of fun in the Panther Club. Stay strong Marion with the beautiful memories you have.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

Posted at 01:52pm
To all who mourn for
Alvin Akman
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Julie & Gordon Blewis

Posted at 07:52am
We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Akman family. We were very privileged and honored to be included in many family gatherings at the home of Lisa and Sam Akman and were very fond of Al. He was a terry family man and much loved and admired.

Gary Seidman

Posted at 11:59pm
Dear Akman Family,
I am so sorry to hear the loss of your beloved Alvin. I met the Akmans when my daughter, Amy, was dating Jared and then they got engaged and married. When I met Alvin he made me feel welcomed to his family. He always greeted me with open arms. I send my condolences to your whole family.

harvey holzman

Posted at 09:49pm
Mickey Steinberg - Sorry for your loss.

Berly Schuster Hershkovitz

Posted at 09:14pm
My father, Ben Schuster, was retail, Al, was union. It was unheard of that two men from opposite ends of the spectrum, would respect each other, care for each other and look out for each other. My father loved Al and considered him a true mensch and a truly fine man. So sorry for your loss.

Linda (Highkin) Berg

Posted at 08:49pm
Dear Marion and Family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Al. I have such wonderful memories from when we lived next door to each other on Loyola North Way. Al is a man whom everyone will miss. I hope all of your memories will be joyful and happy ones.

Justin Windle

Posted at 07:26pm
From all of us at Pappas Restaurant, please accept our most heartfelt condolences. Mr. Akman was one of our best and favorite patrons. He always brought warmth into our restaurant with his loving smile, carefree spirit, and extraordinary charm. He made us laugh with his jokes and stories, and we always enjoyed serving him and his lovely wife and other family members for countless family gatherings. He was also a great ambassador for Pappas with his great Panther Club and condominium group. Mr. Akman has left an indelible mark on all our hearts, and we will truly miss him. Love, Justin & the Pappas Family & Staff

Annette & Bernardo Rozencwaig

Posted at 06:41pm
To the Akman family we were so saddened to hear of the passing of Al. He was always a kind gentlemen who always had a smile and nice words of complements. May your fond memories help all of you at this most difficult time.

Judi and Bernie Fishman

Posted at 06:36pm
We are so very sorry to hear of Al's loss. He was such a nice man and will be missed by us.
We viewed the Service this afternoon and wish we could have been there in person.
May the days ahead, lessen the pain and try to remember the good times.


Bonnie Levy

Posted at 05:59pm
Dear Marion and the entire Akman Family: My heart is broken by your loss. Al touched so many lives that we all thought we were special- in fact, his family was his devotion and inspiration. On behalf of his many friends, I want you know that I appreciate that he made the world a better, kinder place and will be greatly missed.

Naomi Rovner

Posted at 04:23pm
Dear Marion and family,
"The best of the best", that was Al. He was loved by everyone and will be missed by all. We just watched his funeral service, and what beautiful tributes to your
husband, father, and Zadie! May you be comforted by your loving memories.
Naomi and Howard

Joan Levin

Posted at 04:17pm
Sorry for your loss. I’m glad I knew him.

Benita and Seymour Lozinsky

Posted at 03:48pm

We were next door neighbors on Copperfield Court and on Stone Cliff Drive We share the good memories of many family occasions Al always had a smile and a hello to everyone. He will be missed
by all who had the joy of knowing him. May his many achievements and wonderful family relationships be a comfort to you May he reat in peace.

Lori Werner

Posted at 03:44pm
To the Akman family,
I was so saddened to hear the news this morning. Al was a very special person who was always so kind to me over the years that I was fortunate enough to work with him. We had many conversations about horses over the years and will remember them fondly. May his memory always be a blessing to you all and bring you peace.

Lori Werner

Bob and Diane Goodman

Posted at 03:41pm
It was a great pleasure to know Al and spend time with him and Marion every August in Saratoga. He will truly be missed. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Bob and Diane Goodman

Nadine Benesch Fox

Posted at 03:20pm
I was so sorry to hear about Al's passing. Your house in the old neighborhood was always a favorite to visit. Al has always been so welcoming and warm. May his memory be a blessing.

The Sauter Family

Posted at 02:48pm
What more to say about Al...mentor, leader, friend, father, husband - all of these and more. To Marion and the rest of the Akman Family, know he will be missed, honored and always remembered for his wisdom. He was one of the Great Ones - but you already know that. Thank you for sharing Alvin with us all...

Tracy and Marc Birnbaum (Kushner)

Posted at 12:56pm
We were so sad to hear of Al's passing. He was always so warm and welcoming to our family. We have many memories of Al at the race track and even in Atlantic City. Our family always enjoyed sharing Passover Seder with all of the Akmans. Just a great guy who will be truly missed. May his memory be a blessing.

T. Dawn Fitzgerald

Posted at 12:36pm
Dearest Marion and The Akman Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. He will never be far from our hearts. He was always so kind and thoughtful to everyone. His kind words and wisdom we will always hold dear to our hearts. He would come in the office and sing to me "Delta Dawn what's that flower you have on could it be a Painted Rose from days gone bye." He was their for me in some really tough times in my life. Without him and the Akman Family I'm not sure where I would be today. The Akman family as a whole has played a very important role in our life especially. They have changed so many lives forever. The testament of the love, kindness, & respect Mr. Al & Ms. Marion shared with each other, you can see in all his children, Grand Children, Great Grand-Children. Thank you for the wonderful memories and may you find peace in the memories you share. Marion so sorry for your loss, he was they greatest man ever. Thoughts and prayers for you and the family now and always. Love you, Dawn & Kevin and family

Sally Moody

Posted at 12:06pm
Dear Jeff and family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. May your memories of all your family moments be of comfort during these sad days. Alav ha-shalom.
Sally Moody

Ron Buckman

Posted at 12:00pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Akman was a true mensch.

Molly Bereson

Posted at 11:56am
Dear Marian and Family,
I was very sorry to hear of Al's passing. I will always remember his friendly greetings and happy smile.

Alan & Rozzi Blum

Posted at 11:05am
We were so saddened to hear of your loss. We will always remember Al for his great smile and warm, friendly manner. We send you our deepest, heartfelt sympathy.

Phyllis Felser

Posted at 11:05am
To Marion and The Akman Family
I remember our first meeting at Copperfield Court when our houses were just excavated holes. Marion was awaiting the birth of her forth child. We shared many good memories through the years , but most of all, I remember how much Al cared for Marion and she for him.
His was a life well lived and he will be missed.

m. michael benesch

Posted at 10:48am
Dear Marion
I was so sorry to hear of Al's passing.
You and Al were my guiding lights as neighbors and mentors.
I still recall your typing my French term papers in high school.
And I was pleased to babysit the twins in return.
And Al would drop me off at Poly every morning.
Al also was directly responsible for helping me get my early jobs at Food Fair;
first near Hopkins, and then at College Park, MD.
Those jobs allowed me to go to college.
You both will always be in my heart.

Cheryl and Steve Wilhide

Posted at 10:31am
To Marion and all the Akman Family,
Al was pure love-we felt that every time we were around him. We were so blessed to have known him and have him in our lives. Amazing kindness, patience and love-that's what we will remember most. Thinking of Bryan now, with his dad, brings tears to our eyes and peace to our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss, Marion, for the loss of your husband, best friend and life partner....and to all his family...our thoughts are with you all!

Edward J Gutman

Posted at 10:29am
Dear Marion and family,

Alvin was the best. We went back a long ways and always enjoyed each other’s company even when we were fierce advocates at the bargaining table. But the best memory I’ll always have took place in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel when he admired the necktie I was wearing and you know the rest

Rest In Peace dear friend

Eddie Gutman


Shelley Garfield

Posted at 09:56am
My dear dear Akman family. There is nothing I can say about Al that you don’t already know. He was one of Dads very best friends and Al provided me a great deal of comfort after my Dad died. I am so very sorry for your loss. The universe has gained an angel🙏 May your many wonderful memories of Al sustain you thru this difficult time. Sending much love and prayers.
Shelley Garfield 🙏❤️

Joann Levy

Posted at 09:32am
Dear Akman Family-
As I look at the pictures posted here, there are so many wonderful memories. I was always welcome in the family and loved Alvin so much. When my father passed away several years ago, he offered to be my Dad. I'll always remember "Hey Kid", his genuine caring and loving smile. My heart goes out to Marion and all of you who I have known for so long. May his memory be a blessing.

Love, Joann


Robyn Sobol Horwitz

Posted at 09:29am
Dearest Marion and Akman family, I am so sorry to read of the passing of Your beloved husband, father and grandfather. I have many fond memories of Alvin from a very long time ago, of a kind and accepting parent to a bunch of teenagers taking over his home. Sending my condolences and my love.

Carlos and Judy Diaz

Posted at 09:29am
Such sad news. Judy and I extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family, especially to our good friend Jeffrey Ackman.

Stephanie (Freedman) Ferber

Posted at 09:23am
On behalf of my beloved father, Alvin Freedman, I would like to express our sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your husband, father, Panther Brother, Al. My father spoke very highly of him throughout my childhood and beyond. May your good memories and time help to ease your pain.

JEA Fellowship Association

Posted at 09:07am
The JEA Fellowship Association is saddened by the passing of our member, Alvin Akman, and extends sincere sympathy to the family.

Laura (Brookhart) Walsh

Posted at 08:54am
Al took my family "backstage" at the racetracks to meet his horses. "Mr. Hanrihand." What I remember (besides that thoroughbreds bite) is that Al was such a kind and gentle person. He liked to teach us about the horses. As I got older, Al and Marion were good friends to my parents. Al showed great mentorship to my dad. When my father died, Al--more than once--put his hand on mine and told me stories about my dad as a younger man, stories that made me proud and made me laugh. Always with that phenomenal, detailed memory, and gentle, gracious way about him. Al wasn't just "one of the good ones." He was one of the best ones. With great fondness and our deepest sympathy,

Sheldon and Narlene Weiner

Posted at 08:44am
Akman family, I was so sorry to hear about Alvin. I knew him casually, but every time we meet he was extremely nice. I am sure he will be greatly missed. I wish you peace.

Sheila Eick

Posted at 08:41am
Dear Marion, Natalie, Anita and Family,
Sorry to hear about your loss. Al was a very nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With Sincere Sympathy.

Rhona Sober

Posted at 08:17am
Anita, I am so sorry to hear of your brother Al's passing. I wish I could be there for you, but know you are in my thoughts. May you find comfort in your many memories.

Elisa Okun frankle

Posted at 08:11am
My deepest sympathies! I was in their house all the time in high school, and Al was always so sweet to me. I have only fond memories of your family. I hope all your memories will comfort you. My thoughts are with you your entire family at this diffult!

Marc Tilles

Posted at 07:49am
Al was the nicest man I ever met. They say nice guys finish last but they weren’t talking about Al as he was a champion. He was a man you could talk to about anything from politics to sports. He always gave me confidence and always had a smile that made you feel great. Marion I offer my condolences to you and the family.

Jerry and martha benesch

Posted at 07:28am
Dear Akman family
On behalf of the Benesch’s I send condolences to your family. Al was a kind and friendly man with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. We have many fond memories from the old neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Wilma and Paul Alpert

Posted at 07:01am
Dear Marion and Ajman family: Heartfelt condolences on your great loss. Alvin was a great guy, a real mensh. May his memory be a blessing. Sincerely, Wilma and Paul Alpert

Jeff Karlin

Posted at 06:34am
My deepest condolences on the loss of Al. I always looked forward to speaking with him when he came in the store. He always had a smile and a great story. May his memory be a blessing.

Susan Steinberg

Posted at 06:29am
Dear Aunt Marion and the Akman "gang",
I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle Al. I will always remember how he made you feel- always a twinkle in his eyes and a grin showing he was both happy and proud to see you. His love of family was always on full display at Passover Seder and every family celebration. He will be missed, but his memory will be a blessing. Love, Susan

Gary Goldberg

Posted at 05:54am
Al was a strong influence in my early career when I came to Baltimore in 1976. He was a mentor in business, labor relations, and Jewish values. To say that he was a true mensch is an understatement! I’m so sorry for your loss but I hope that your memories of a life well lived and his devotion to family will comfort you.
Gary Goldberg

Jerri and Jeff Rosen

Posted at 05:29am
Both Jeff and I want to express the sadness in our hearts of the passing of Uncle Al. He was such a kind and loving man. There was a joy in his eyes and smile when sharing stories of family. We will miss him very much. The Akman family are very special to me as I was lucky to share so many memories with you all. Try to keep the good memories close to help you through this difficult time.

Jackie Holstein

Posted at 04:46am
Marion I'm so sorry for your loss. Al was a nice guy.

Micki & Milton Schwartz

Posted at 12:14am
Marion and Family,

I was so sorry to hear about Al, my Panther Brother. In the 30 some years I was in the Panther Club, I could not find a nicer person. We had such good times on our many trips and when you visited Florida. May your memories of good times comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Rona & Ed Casel

Posted at 10:26pm
Dear Marion & Akman Family,
We have not known Alvin as long as the many people who have written such wonderful messages on his memorial page. We met the Akmans when our granddaughter, Amy, was going with Jared, right before they got engaged and married. When we met Alvin he made us feel like we had been friends forever! A kinder man you could never know! We certainly will miss him as will many others, especially the great granddaughters we share, Bryn & Taylor. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this very sad time!

Halaine and Eddie Steinberg

Posted at 10:12pm
Dear Aunt Marion and Family,
We are so sad for your loss of Uncle Al, a loving, generous man who valued his family above everything. Uncle Al greeted us at every family occasion with a big grin, a hearty hello, and a "Fast Eddie, how ya makin' it?" He could tell a story without leaving out a detail and always with laughter. The thing that was most evident about him was how much he loved his family and how proud he was of all of them. Seders will not be the same without the meaningful introductory remarks that only he could deliver to begin the evening. He will be remembered with love by all who knew him.
Love, Halaine and Eddie

Michael and Shelly Akman

Posted at 08:14pm
Aunt Marion, Aunt Anita, Aunt Natalie and Families
Shelly and I want to express how sorry we are at the passing of such a fine man. We will never forget his warm smile and how welcomed, and loved he always made us feel. The love he felt for his family and friends is a memory we will all cherish. He will surely be missed but never forgotten. Rest in Peace Uncle Al. May his memory be a blessing to all that knew him.



Posted at 07:46pm
Sandy Grossman
Dear Marion and Family:
I cannot begin to express how my heart aches for you and your entire family on Al's passing.
There are only beautiful words to describe Al. I feel very fortunate to have know him.
Sandy Grossman


Betty Sless Coppel

Posted at 07:35pm
Dear Marian and family
I am so very sorry to hear of Alvin's passing. He was such a kind and gentle guy with always a smile on his face. When we were young and first married the four of us spent a lot of time together. Through the years we haven't seen much of you but whenever we would bump into you, he was as friendly as ever, like he just saw us the day before, always so warm and gentle. I know the hurt is unbearable but thank G d for your children, family and friends (there are so many) who will always be there for you. Your wonderful memories will be with you forever, and, as the old saying goes, "Memories of yester-year are treasures of tomorrow" and they will always be in your heart. May he Rest in Peace and please know, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Suzi Levin

Posted at 06:58pm
I am so very sorry to hear of Als death. I worked at Local 27 for 21 years and every time Al came into our office he would always stop by my office to say hi with a smile. I can imagine that you all have wonderful memories as reminders of him. I hope he’s with Bryan now. Again I am so very sorry

Sylvia Finglass

Posted at 06:34pm
To Marion and her family. I am so sorry to hear about ALS passing. He was a very nice and pleasant person to be with. He always had that beautiful smile and was so very nice to everyone. Please accept my heartfelt condolences

Bea Yoffe

Posted at 05:41pm
Dear Marian & family:
There are not enough words to express my sorrow over the passing of your beloved Alvin. Over the many years of my affiliation with the Panther Club, Al was always kind, considerate and caring to everyone . May the memories you share be a source of comfort to you during this most difficult time and may he rest in peace. So very, very sorry.

Marc and Nancy Medin

Posted at 05:09pm
I have known the Akman’s since Bryan and Jeffrey were born.
We’ve had a friendship for over 60 years. When we moved to Pickwick Your house was my house and I was always welcome except when Ruchel was there. Marion you not Al got me my first job at pantry pride in 1971. And I remember when Sammy and Rick were just babies. You were my family. To say I loved and respected out he cannot be put in words. All I can say if anybody ever deserve to be in Mt. Rushmore it was Alvin. Bryan told me New years ago the only person that Alvin only hollered at with me watching Raven games. To Jeff, Stephen, Sam, Lisa, Ryan,Ben,Rick, Terri, Randy, Matt, Lindsey, Jared(double digit), Amy, Bryan, and Taylor. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone of you and everyone of you you know how much I love you. And I know Alvin would never mind me saying this. Go ravens and go Orioles and Alvin may you win in every race you enter

Ellen & Stuart Wiesenberger

Posted at 04:43pm
Our wonderful friend and neighbor Al will be sorely missed. He was always so welcoming with his warm and special smile. Sending thoughts and prayers to his dearly loved Marion and their beautiful family. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Mary Joan Levin

Posted at 04:29pm
Dear MARION an the Akman Family. So sorry for you loss of such a fine man. In the short years I knew you an Al there was always a smile. May he be at rest an you have fond memories of all your wonderful times together.

Steve Steinberg

Posted at 03:54pm
Aunt Anita, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear brother. I have so many fond memories of him when I was a child. Especially the times when he was the umpire in my baseball little league games. May his fond memories be a blessing to you and your family.
Steve Steinberg & Mary Riley

John Abosch

Posted at 03:45pm
Anita and Family
I am very sorry to hear about Alvin's passing. He was always so friendly and outgoing. I am very sorry for your loss.

Debbie and Gerald Lichter

Posted at 03:34pm
To the entire Akman Family:
Gerald and I are so very sorry to learn of Al’s passing. He was a mensch in every sense of that word and an adored patriarch of one of my favorite families. His values and the example he set are evident in the kindness, successes and accomplishments of his amazing children and grandchildren. I can’t say enough kind things about this abundantly warm and endearing man. You are fortunate that you have so many wonderful memories of all of the time you spent together. May those memories bring you comfort at this very difficult time.
Sending love and hugs,
Debbie and Gerald Lichter

Covenant Guild, Inc.

Posted at 03:22pm
The officers and members of Covenant Guild, Inc. deeply regrets the passing of Alvin Akman, husband of our long time member and former board member Marion Akman.
We extend our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Kerry Jeffers-Parente

Posted at 03:16pm
We have lost an icon, a man whose heartfelt kindness and generosity have left their mark. Alvin was genuinely interested in the lives of all of us who were lucky enough to be a part of his life’s journey. It was a pleasure to be in the presence of Alvin when he was with Marion, because it just felt like their story was a love story for the ages. My deepest sympathies are with Marion in the loss of her life partner. It was always evident that the most important aspect of Alvin’s life was his family, yet one did not need to be a part of Alvin’s blood family to be family to him, and he certainly felt like family to us. The way he lived his life was an example that is evident in how his sons and grandsons have lived their lives, and I cannot think of a family that I admire more than the Akman family. I loved the twinkle in Alvin’s eyes when he shared stories, especially those involving his family. I will miss his stories, I will the man, but I feel fortunate that I will continue to see glimpses of Alvin in my interactions with his grandsons. My condolences and love go out to the entire Akman family.

Betty & Gary Hyman

Posted at 03:02pm
Marion & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Al. He was the best friend anyone could ever have and we were fortunate enough to have him as our friend and a Panther Club brother. He will be missed and may his memory be for a blessing .



Jack and Meryl Rosay

Posted at 02:18pm
I met Alvin Akman in June of 2009, when I joined the Panther Club. I came to the first meeting and I immediately knew I will love the club. When the meeting began, one of the first to speak was Al. He spoke without hesitation, with no visible notes. He drove his point clearly and succinctly. I want to offer Marion and his entire family, mine and Meryl's sincere condolences. His memory will be of tremendous comfort to many.

Karen Egorin Yaker and Martin Yaker

Posted at 01:20pm
On behalf of the Yakers, Ida and the late Abe, I send condolences on the loss of Al. They have many fond memories of the neighborhood sharing that took place so many year ago. He will be missed.
From my husband, Martin Yaker, and me we also send warmest thoughts at this time. May his memory be for only wonderful things.

Alex Jacobi ("the other Al," as he would affectionately say)

Posted at 01:09pm
Dear Loves of Zaid's Life - My heart hurts for the loss of your husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, grandfather-in-law and great-grandfather (even though he would have heard nothing of the in-law part - once you were in his circle, you were in - that was that). The ultimate patriarch, the beacon of hope and generosity, a true legend and hero to all who knew him - very much including me. He played an integral role (this cannot be overstated) in my life for many, many years - the reverberation of which I continue to feel, and am sure will feel for decades to come (forever, really). I thank him for giving me the Akman's and my countless happy memories with you all. He loved you all so dearly, his heart was so full. I hope he and Bryan are at the track now, overjoyed to be in each other's company on the other side. He will be so sorely missed. This one cuts so very deep. Sending all of my love, and most heartfelt condolences.

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