In Memory of Irwin Israel

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

(Information provided courtesy of Atlanta Jewish News)

Irwin Israel, of Atlanta, died on December 2, 2010.

Irwin moved to Atlanta in 1992 after an auto accident in Philadelphia.  Here in Atlanta, he made a number of great friends. He volunteered at the VA Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, the William Breman Jewish Home, and the Gatchell Home, where he received the Heart of Gold Award in 1998.

Funeral services were held for him Sunday, December 5, 2010 in Philadelphia.

I, personally, had the chance to make friends with Irwin while participating in Jewish Family and Career Services.  I’ll never forget his warm personality, great sense of humor, and memorable laugh.

According to Atlanta Jewish News, the family has requested that donations be made to the Blonder Family Department for Developmental Disabilities:

5342 Tilly Mill Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Irwin, if you’re listening, please know that you left a bright place in my life as well.

About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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