William W. Hershfield, of Port Orange, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
He was the son of the late Dr. Barnet and Beatrice Hershfield and was born on May 30, 1936 (The “Real Memorial Day”) in New York, grew up in Riverdale. His residences included Croton on Hudson, Yorktown Heights, Montrose, and retired to Port Orange in 1991.
Bill graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School, SUNY Albany, Sienna, and New York University, where he obtained a master’s degree. During his career as an educator, Bill worked at Hudson High School as a social studies teacher, Croton Harmon Middle School as a guidance counselor and psychologist, taught English to foreign-born students to obtain citizenship, and had a private psychology practice.
Bill was married to the love of his life, Myra, for 61 years. He was a devoted husband, loving caring father, Grandpa and Grampy. He is predeceased in death by his parents, Dr. Barnet and Beatrice Hershfield, his brother and wife, Bernard (Sondra) Hershfield, and his son-in-law, Josh Daar. He leaves behind three children: Sheri (Josh) Daar, Michael J. (Rosalie) Hershfield, Joanne Iadarola. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren: Rivka (James) Kinzer, Jacob, Adina, Baruch (Libby), Ora, Ronen and Mordi Daar. Michael D. (Adriana) and Nicholas (Jenny) Hershfield, great-grandfather to Hannah and Naomi Kinzer and Rose Daar, and lifelong friends to Ron and Linda Fiore.
Bill gave his service as EMT to Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Yorktown Heights for 20 years, holding many offices including captain. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and coached girls softball.
As an avid sports fan, Bill enjoyed ice hockey (NY Rangers), baseball (NY Mets/Chicago Cubs), football, golf and college basketball (Hartford/UCONN).
Bill loved his family with all his heart and especially loved celebrating birthdays together. Among his greatest pleasures were long walks on the beach, swimming, and watching the ducks at the pond. His love for history and WWII in particular took him around the world to Israel, Europe, Egypt, China, and South America. Amsterdam, the beaches of Normandy, Las Vegas, and Biloxi, Miss. were among his favorite destinations.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude (stjude.org), Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (yvac.net), the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties (jewishfederationdaytona.org), or the Port Orange Fire Department.