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Morris Moskowitz

About Morris Moskowitz

Morris Moskowitz

Morris Moskowitz, a resident of Lake Worth, Florida since 1994, died Monday at his home after a year long bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 88.

Born in Bridgeport, CT on March 10, 1920, Mr. Moskowitz graduated from Bassick High School and worked as a dental technician. In 1940, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the South Pacific and returned home to the dental profession. In 1946, he married the former Eileen Gordesky, a native of The Bronx, NY to whom he was devoted for their nearly sixty years of marriage. Eileen passed away in April, 2007 from complications associated with Alzheimer's.

After leaving the dental industry, Mr. Moskowitz, who had a love for tinkering and building, started The Wood Shed, an unfinished furniture store in Bridgeport. He also helped launch his brothers into the same business throughout Southern Connecticut. Over the years, The Wood Shed's loyal customers not only relied on the store to provide furniture, but also on Mr. Moskowitz to help them design, build, and install pieces in their homes. He was especially and affectionately known as the "King of Shutters" for his expertise in hanging and repairing these window treatments. He sold the business and retired, volunteering for a period at The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, CT., prior to moving to Florida in the early nineties.

Mr. Moskowitz's creative side manifested itself in other passions. He became a talented and award winning water colorist and painter, as well as an accomplished gardener and horticulturist. He enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and bridge.

Those who met Mr. Moskowitz were invariably impressed by his courage and determination. Indeed, after The Johns Hopkins University Medical Center surgical team had removed a portion of his pancreas last summer, they marveled at how many patients 20-30 years younger lacked his single minded commitment to recovery. He brought the same strength to everything he did in life.

On what turned out to be the last day of his life, Mr. Moskowitz was surrounded by his children and three of his four grandchildren. He told them that above all else, they made him happy and proud. He said as a young man he dreamed he would be a war hero or a famous entrepreneur. But he said while neither came to pass, he had been a good man and took great pride in that. Those who knew him, and especially his family, can say with certainty that this was a goal he accomplished throughout his long and loving life.

Mr. Moskowitz is survived by his son Steven of Villanova, PA, his daughter Rochelle of Chevy Chase, MD, his grandchildren Daniel and Andrew Moskowitz and Margot and Emma Lowenstein, and his step grandchildren Blake, Alex, and Sam Snyder.