Friday, 28 April 1922 - Friday, 15 May 2020
Funeral Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020
GEORGE HELLER April 28, 1922-May 15, 2020
Beloved husband of Anne (deceased), father, grandfather, uncle and great uncle, George Heller of
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, born in Brooklyn, passed away suddenly at home. George is survived by his
sons, Marc (Dona) and Noah (Leslie), four grandchildren, Denise, Andrew, Audry and Austin, as well
as many nieces and nephews.
Before moving to Palm Beach Gardens, George lived with Anne in Boca Raton, FL, Santa Fe, NM, North
Jersey, Long Island and Queens.
George had several careers, including pharmaceutical representative, stockbroker and medical
equipment sales, but his proudest business achievement was being instrumental in the birth and
exponential growth of Datascope Corporation, which became a major medical equipment developer and
manufacturer of many innovative products and pioneered some ground-breaking life-saving procedures.
George was an avid and proud supporter of Israel.
He secretly entered Palestine at the beginning of
the War of Independence, joining the Israeli
Defense Forces as a Machal (Hebrew for military
volunteer) and used his air traffic control
skills, cryptography and navigational knowledge and experience gained in the Army Air Corps in World War II to train
Israeli air traffic controllers. He was told not to bring his wife, but he said, “if she doesn't
come, I don't come!”. So, they both went and at great risk. The day George died was the 72nd
anniversary of the beginning of the Israeli War of Independence (72, 4 times Chai, or 18), the day after
Israel's Declaration of Independence on May 14. 1948.
George's devotion to Anne continued throughout their marriage. George was Anne's primary care
giver during her long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. George insisted that he care for Anne
personally at home and that Anne would not go into a nursing care facility. George did so until
the very end, attending to her every need.
George's avid passion was exercise. From running and race-walking (including marathons in his 60's and 70's) to gym workouts, rowing and spin cycling (often for charity in his 90s). George will be missed by his family and everybody he touched along the march of his 98 years.
George's kindness and compassion, life-spirit, generosity, integrity, wonderful humor and work
ethic has touched so many and may his memory be a blessing to us all.