In Memory of
May 11th, 1932 - April 24th, 2020
Samuel Behar was born in Cairo, Egypt, nearly 88 years ago. He lost his father at age 17. With a strong work ethic that endured his entire life, he worked hard to support his family. He met his wife, Viviane, at age 22 in Cairo, and was smitten with her. They were two like-minded souls — gregarious, outgoing and shared a deep love for family. They married in 1956 and six months later emigrated from Egypt to Israel, where they had two children, Marc and Rena. Following Samuel’s service during the Israeli Six-Day War, they immigrated to the U.S. in 1968. He raised his family in Brooklyn, and moved to Huntington, Long Island, in 1987 to be closer to family and his place of business.
Sam was a good-hearted, humble man, with simple needs who was most content being with his family and working. He and Viviane worked side by side at their greeting card store in Gramercy, New York, for ten years, and for the next 30 years, he worked at Setton Farms International before retiring at age 85. He was fluent in five languages, and from his living room, he traveled far by calling family all over the world — Israel, Italy, France, Australia, Brazil, California, Florida and Massachusetts. In later years, he was a self-taught pianist and videographer, lovingly documenting the lives of his grandchildren, Bryce and Jaclyn. His devotion to Viviane never faltered. He took extraordinary care of her during their final years and days together. He never asked anything for himself. He only wanted his family to be happy, and to see them as much as possible. Sam passed twelve short days after his wife and now their souls are together for eternity.
Sam had a charitable heart, and believed strongly in giving back. He suffered from hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and recently required a cardiac pacemaker. We cannot think of a more worthy charity than the American Heart Association to pay tribute to his life and sweet soul. Approximately 1 in 3 New Yorkers have at least one form of heart disease, which places them at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. The American Heart Association has been on the front lines combatting the Coronavirus. With New York being one of the epicenters of this pandemic, their need for support is greater now than ever before.
May everyone stay safe and well.
Claire and Marc Behar