Max Jacobowitz, 96, died July 16, 2020 with his family by his side in New York, New York. A graveside service with military honors was held Sunday in Greenwich, Connecticut at Hebrew Cemetery on Memory Lane.
Max was born May 1, 1924 in New York City to Fannie and Joseph Jacobowitz. His father was to become one of the largest purveyors of street pushcarts in New York City.
Max spent summers at the beach in Long Island and up on Saratoga Lake. After high school he joined the United States Navy and was a proud shipmate stationed on the USS Iowa and attached to the Pacific Fleet’s 4th Division where he operated the 5-inch twin gun mount #10 against attacking Japanese fighter planes. He served aboard from 1942-1946 where he traveled throughout the Pacific. He had many great stories and memories, including the time where he assisted in lifting President Roosevelt on and off the ship. Max was presented with the American Theater ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with Star Device and the Philippine Liberation ribbon with two Star Devices.
After he left the Navy, Max went to watch-making school for two years. In 1948 he met his wife Lila on a blind date. Three months later they were married and remained married for 54 years. Besides being married they also co-owned Capital Jewelers in Port Chester, New York. Lila used to always say it was like they were married double the amount of years because they worked and were married. Max had the great insight to buy the building that his store was in. He was always very proud of that.
He was an active member of the Port Chester Elks Club and enjoyed being a member of the Doral Swim Club. His interests included family, playing poker and pool, reading the newspaper, swimming, watching the Yankees and watching Westerns.
Max is survived by his daughters, Francine Kabnick (Earl) of New Rochelle, New York; Elaine Patell (Ronald) of Tarpon Springs, Florida; granddaughters Ingrid Kabnick and Jaqueline Sherland (Mike); and great-grandchildren Andrew and Liam Sherland. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lila R. Jacobowitz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Disabled American Veterans
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5447