Max Gavzy

Max Gavzy

Max Gavzy, 93, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Fair Lawn, Hackensack, and Delray Beach, Fla., died April 16.

He was a photographer during World War II on an island off Panama. For 50 years he owned Max Gavzy Inc., an insurance agency in Paterson. He was a major Jewish philanthropist who gave money, time, and photographs to Jewish organizations in Paterson, Fair Lawn, and Florida.

His volunteer work included the Community Chest, Barnert Hospital, the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, UJA Federation of North Jersey, and Boy Scouts of America.

He was president of the Veritans Club, a lifetime board member of Jewish Family Service, and a board member of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, where he was the Israel Bonds chair for many years. He and his wife delivered Wheels on Meals in Fair Lawn.

Predeceased by a son, Ike, to whom he donated his kidney, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita, née Benjamin, his children, Deborah Gavzy Nedelman (Jerry) and William Gavzy (Jamie Kreiman); former daughter-in-law, Catherine Breier, and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel, Paramus.