Yossie Zicherman Remembers Yossie Yurowitz A’H

Remembering Yossi Yurowitz

Like everyone else, when I heard the unfortunate news of Yossi’s untimely passing, I was shocked. Joe, as I knew him, was a huge presence in my life and the void was felt immediately.

I got to know Joe while he was transitioning from the watch industry which he had been in for over twenty years to the healthcare industry, where he ultimately spent the last eight. Although it was a big adjustment for him, you would never have known it. He was always upbeat and positive with steadfast Emunah; never any concerns for the future or regrets for missed opportunities. He looked at each experience that he went through as something to grow from and a part of Hashem’s master plan.

Joe was my teacher when I entered the unfamiliar territory of the watch industry. Until today, so many years later, I find myself thinking how Joe would have handled any given situation. He was not only someone who taught but someone who led by example. Even though he was years removed from the industry, he always made me feel like my business was the most important thing to him. He wouldn’t just answer the question asked of him, he would get involved until the task was done.

I remember a scenario where we had an issue with a product we manufactured for a customer. As always, I called Joe for guidance. He walked me through rectifying the situation and followed up daily to ensure we were handling it correctly. What we didn’t know at the time was that Joe had a long-standing relationship with this customer and without letting us know he called him on our behalf to help smooth over the issue. He was a shining example of “Emor Miat Viaseh Harbeh”.

Joe was a marketing genius and taught me how to differentiate a product and make a sale. But even more than that, Joe taught me what dedication to Davening and Minyan really means. He taught me what it means to be a Mentch and to accomplish each and every day.

He taught me how to live my life for others and most of all Joe taught me what it means to live my life with Hashem ever present in all I do and in every decision that I make.

May we all continue to learn from the inspiring life that he lived and may he be a Meilitz Yosher for his family and all of Klal Yisroel.

Yossi Zicherman

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