Samuel Gesserman of Delray Beach, FL passed away on February 17, 2021. He was 100 years of age.
Devoted son of the late Jacob and Bessie (Pearlman) Gesserman. Beloved husband of 73 years to Shirley (Brooks). Loving father of Barry Gesserman and his wife Miriam, Burton Gesserman and his wife Dianne, and Susan (Gesserman) Phillips.
Cherished grandfather of Jonathan Gesserman (Adina), Aron Gesserman (Rivkah), Leah Nadler (Hillel), Lauren Smith (Adam), Rachel Gesserman, Daniel Phillips, Sara Phillips, and the late Matthew Phillips. Cherished great-grandfather of Evan Smith, Ben Smith, Nosson Gesserman, Rochel Gesserman, Meir Gesserman, Tziporah Gesserman, Chana Gesserman, Sari Nadler, Ahuva Nadler, Moshe Nadler, Hendee Nadler, Moshe Gesserman, Zahava Gesserman, Rivkki Gesserman, and Racheli Gesserman.
Dear brother of Lillian Freedman and Shirley Gan. Predeceased by two siblings, Abraham Gesserman and Ruth Brody.
Samuel was a 1937 graduate of Revere High School. In 1947 he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Boston University and in 1949 he received his Masters of Education Degree from Boston University.
He proudly served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1945 achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant with tours of duty in Brisbane Australia and New Guinea.
Samuel was an instructor in taxes and accounting at Chamberlain Junior College from 1947 until 1949. He became the Comptroller of the Beckerman Shoe Factory in Auburn, ME from 1948 until 1951. It was in 1951 that he became a Certified Public Accountant where he went on to practice at Blonder, Freedman & Gesserman from 1951-1953, becoming a partner in 1954 until 1973. In 1973 he joined Sherman, Bernson, Schneider & Gesserman where he served as a partner until his retirement in 1986.
His interests included golf, tennis, bridge, travel, politics, history, theater, the Patriots and Red Sox. He founded the Gesserman Turkey Bowl annual Thanksgiving morning family & friends tag football game which was first played in 1962 and has been played continually every year since without interruption.
Samuel was the President of B’nai B’rith Financial Professional Lodge, a director of the Young Men’s Hebrew Rehab Center, and was a member of the Men’s Executive Committee of the Boca Delray Golf Club.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a private service will be held for Samuel at Sharon Memorial Park. Donations in Samuel’s name can be made to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gift Processing, 1702 East Highland Avenue, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016.