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Joel Zoldessy
November 7, 1946 - June 29, 2016

"His interests are varied"

Remembered by James Feit, June 29, 2016:

It is with great pain and sadness to learn that my dear friend Joel Zoldessy passed away this morning. Joel and his high school sweetheart, Carol Schwartz Zoldessy, were happily enjoying their retirement in the south of France until he suffered a massive heart attack.

Growing up, anyone that knew either Joel or myself were aware that we were best of buddies and the closest of friends since our first meeting at the ripe young age of 9 and continued to be best of friends for the next 60 years. The loss for me is almost unbearable as we saw each other regularly through the years until he left South Florida a few years ago, but subsequently spoke and communicated regularly. Our conversations were usually of a serious nature discussing the welfare of our families, picking his brain for his brilliant medical advice, conversing about today's political climate. But the conversations always reverted to our happy childhoods growing up in New Rochelle, taking bar mitzvah lessons together, emailing recalling the glory days of Yankee Stadium watching the The Mick hit one out, the wonderful days of Camelot and the impact and inspiration JFK gave to us and to our generation.

Carol told me that one day last week was the 52nd anniversary of their first formal date which was to our high school senior prom. Joel and his beloved Carol would have been married 47 years this coming August. I had the privilege of serving as an usher at their wedding.

Joel was a dedicated, successful physician with a specialty of internal medicine. He leaves behind his beloved Carol, his children Jason and Jennifer, his adoring grandchildren, Ava, Sawyer and Gavin, his mother Shirley and brothers Howard, Brian and Monte. A piece of my soul has died with Joel. May G-d grant him eternal peace. Adios my good friend.

Shalom, Diego

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