David Haber Obituary

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In Memory of

David M. Haber

September 20, 1959 - May 28, 2019
Obituary

The world is a less kind place with the loss of David Mark Haber. Born on September 20, 1959 to Gladys E. Haber and the late Harold A. Haber in Niagara Falls, New York, David relocated from Philadelphia to Greensboro in 2011 to be closer to family who had migrated to North Carolina in chain migration fashion over the past 20 years. A graduate of Niagara Falls High School, David participated in science, history and chess clubs and was business manager of his senior yearbook. Throughout his youth, he was also active in Jewish youth organizations and became a regional leader in B'nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) of Western and Central New...
The world is a less kind place with the loss of David Mark Haber. Born on
September 20, 1959 to Gladys E. Haber and the late Harold A. Haber in Niagara
Falls, New York, David relocated from Philadelphia to Greensboro in 2011 to be
closer to family who had migrated to North Carolina in chain migration fashion
over the past 20 years.
A graduate of Niagara Falls High School, David participated in science, history
and chess clubs and was business manager of his senior yearbook. Throughout
his youth, he was also active in Jewish youth organizations and became a
regional leader in B'nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) of Western and Central
New York. David's college career at Union College in Schenectady, NY was
interrupted by the onset of paranoid schizophrenia and thus, his planned study of
engineering and business was put on the back burner, never to be re-kindled.
Instead, many of David's young adult years were spent, as he later mused, "in
the system (of psychiatric in-patient, out-patient and day treatment programs),
that once you get in, it's hard to get out." David joined his sister in the
Philadelphia area in 1994. With closer family supervision and the help of one of
the newer psychiatric medications of the time, he began a course of improvement
that culminated in his maintaining a steady job at Seven Eleven and becoming
actively involved in an organization called Tikvah-AJMI. (Tikvah-AJMI is a
grassroots Jewish organization in the Philadelphia area established in 1991 by
parents and medical professionals to improve the quality of life for adults of all
ages with mental illness through Jewishly-oriented social activities and mental
health advocacy.)
In recent years, in Greensboro, David continued to pursue his passions for rock
music, electronics, movies and reading on a broad variety of subjects that
included science fiction, math, science, and Judaism. With his clever technical/
mechanical prowess, David created "Tech with Dave" at Carolina Estates to help
other residents manage problems with their computers, smart phones and other
electronic devices. He also helped as a photographer for activities at Jewish
Family Services and became a regular attendee of services at Beth David
Synagogue.
David will be remembered always for his sweet and gentle manner, keen wit and
willingness to help others. He was a kind soul, content with life and never
complaining, either about opportunities lost due to his mental illness, or during
his final cancer-ridden months. David clearly defied the stereotypes of mental
illness depicted all too frequently by mass media and TV, which are not the reality
of most mental illness. May his legacy, his soft-spoken kindness and shy smile,
serve as a reminder of that fact, and of the value of appropriate diagnosis,
treatment, and family and community support in the setting of mental illness.
David will be horribly missed by his mother, Gladys Haber; his sister, Dr. Michele
Haber and her husband, Dr. Martin Friedman, all of Greensboro; and his brother,
Jeffrey Haber of Sandy, Utah, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews all
over the country.
Graveside burial services at the Greensboro Hebrew Cemetery will be conducted
by Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon of Beth David Synagogue on Wednesday, May 29,
2019 at 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's memory are encouraged to Tikvah-
AJMI (www.tikvahajmi.weebly.com), the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
(NAMI), and Jewish Family Services of Greensboro.

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