Saturday, November 21, 2009
Joe Tadelman -A Man to Remember
It seems only fitting that this week starts off with a story about Joe because for a long time he was high school sports in Chicago. Even when I played, refs and coaches knew Joe, and this was many years after he had retired. Joe had that affect on people. He was able to make you notice him with his big smile, his warm hugs, and his love of life that you just felt when you met him.
Joe was around in my life ever since I was a child. I knew him as my mother's mentor, the director of Golden Arrow Day Camp (a camp I went to at a young age), and most importantly as one of the most gentle souls this world has ever seen. Joe founded Golden Arrow Day Camp which employed hundreds of young students looking to make a buck and helped families afford summer camp. It wasn't anything fancy but it had heart. I loved that camp. There isn't a day that I pass a Forrest preserve and don't think how lucky I was to go to a camp that was simple and felt like family.
Joe also was one of the founders of Bnai Brith Sports Lodge. Bnai Brith has given scholarships and awards to many Jewish athletes and has provided a place for Jews to connect through sport.
But besides all that Joe accomplished in his life, the thing I knew Joe the most for was his love for life. He was sick for many years but that did not stop him from living, from smiling, and from trying. I am a better person for having known such a wonderful man. This world has lost a special person. A person that Chicagoans, Jews, and everyone he ever came across should be proud of.
If this blog has given me anything, it has given me a place to write about a special person. One that everyone should have had the privilege to have known and one we should all celebrate and remember.
May Joe's life have been for a blessing.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
Posted by Jeremy Fine at 11:15 PM