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David Gurwitz

d. December 29, 2021

David Gurwitz, 82, of West Hurley, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus.

Born in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Rubin & Ella Plotkin Gurwitz.

David graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He then went on to graduate from City College of NY with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He received a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from NYU and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University. He worked for 30 years at IBM in Kingston as a computer programmer. After he retired, he remained in the area with his wife Phyllis.

David pursued a variety of interests including photography, travel, music, art, and reading. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Those who knew David remember him having a camera in his hand at all times. He also volunteered for Family of Woodstock.

David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Barban Gurwitz of West Hurley, a daughter, Deborah Schachter of Hurley, a son Daniel “Baruch” Gurwitz and his wife, Jill Pelavin of Boston, MA. Two grandsons, Sam & Eli Schachter and close friends, Carissa Henson, Brandi Williams and Brandi Planthaber also survive.

A Celebration of Life is planned for the spring.

Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, Hudson Valley Hospice, or the West Hurley Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

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