Jack Widitor
June 13 1928 - February 10 2016 - Age 87

Jack Widitor, 87, of 76 Alfred Drive, died early Wednesday morning, February 10th at the Mt. Greylock Extended Care facility after a long illness.

Jack was born on June 13, 1928 in New York, N.Y. He attended Central Needles High School in the Fashion District of Manhattan. Jack graduated as part of the first class of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He found his way to Pittsfield as manager of the Glix-Brand pajama factory on Brown St. While in Pittsfield he met and married his beloved wife, the former Jane Kobritz. After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, Jack moved back to Pittsfield where he joined his brothers-in-law, the late Nathan Kobritz and Irving Lazerus, at Tyler Home Supply in the Morningside neighborhood. He owned and operated Tyler Home Supply for over 40 years, retiring in 1995. Even after his retirement, he was actively involved in the business and enjoyed working with his son, Peter, in store. Jack was, for many years, also a devoted assistant to his father-in-law, the late Charles J. Kobritz in the management of the of the Seymour Realty Company. He was a well known figure in the Morningside area, and always had a friendly greeting for everyone. He was a longtime member and supporter of the Pittsfield Family YMCA who enjoyed early morning exercise classes and water aerobics. He also served on the Y's Board of Directors for a period of time. Jack was also an avid member of Knesset Israel synagogue on Colt Road and enjoyed going to services as well as serving on the synagogue's Board. Jack served as Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, Louis Green Post No.140. in Pittsfield from 1966 to 1967, and remained active in the organization for many years. He was particularly proud of his work with the 'Classmates Today, Neighbors Tomorrow' scholarship program sponsored by the JWV.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Widitor, as well as three sons, Scott and Peter of Pittsfield and David of Brooklyn, NY., as well as nine grandchildren.

Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11a.m. at Knesset Israel Cemetery, 484 Pecks Road, Pittsfield with Rabbi David Weiner, Spiritual Leader of Congregation Knesset Israel officiating. Following the burial a meal of consolation will take place at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. The family will receive friends during Shiva at the family home 76 Alfred Drive in Pittsfield on Thursday afternoon, February 11 to Tuesday, February 16. Minyan Schedule is available by calling Congregation Knesset Israel 413-445-4872.

Pittsfield, MA (current)
New York, NY (birthplace)

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