Anthony Stuart Lowenstein was born on Jan. 9, 1971, and died on Dec. 1, 2016, at the age of 45, the innocent victim of a tragic car accident. He was the beloved husband of Diane Ettelson Lowenstein, and devoted father of daughters Kathryn Ann, Julia Claire and Anna Gail of Tiburon, California. He was a committed family man who relished spending time with his children, whether boating on the San Francisco Bay, swimming in their backyard, or biking the hills of Marin with children in tow. He also was very close to his parents Betty and Aubrey Lowenstein and brother Robert Lowenstein of Toronto, Canada. He is survived by them and mother-in-law Helene Ettelson of San Francisco.
Anthony was a unique and spirited person with a zest for life who always left a lasting impression with his quick wit, big heart and warm smile. Anthony was a great adventurer, and those who know him take comfort in the fact that while he died prematurely, he fit an incredible amount of life into 45 years.
Anthony graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, and Osgoode Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada. After admission to the bar in Canada, he moved to San Francisco and became a practicing attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area until his untimely death. He was a zealous advocate who worked hard for his clients and achieved many significant trial verdicts.
Anthony was passionate about flying. He started flying small planes as a hobby 15 years ago and at the time of his death had become a Certificated Flight Instructor. Turning his passion into a profession, Anthony was selected to attend training to receive his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), the Ph.D. of aviators. With this distinction, he was poised to start flying in the service of United Airlines Express on Monday, Dec. 5. He was thrilled to be starting this second career.
Anthony also loved CrossFit and was a dedicated member of the community. May his memory be a blessing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund, https://jewishfed.org. A funeral was held at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California, on Dec. 5, 2016.
Avner Naggar died peacefully at the age of 91 in Palo Alto, California, on Nov. 28, 2016. Avner was born in 1925 in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 27, Erev Yom Kippur. Leaving his family (mother Dina, father Israel and sister Ruti) at the age of 21, he enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree and subsequent master’s in architecture. While still a student, Avner met and married fellow U.C. student Frankie, his beloved wife of 68 years.
Frankie and Avner lived a full and happy life together, raising five children, all of whom also graduated from the University of California. After college, Avner and Frankie made their way to Frankie’s home of Detroit, Michigan, where Avner began a distinguished career working with such notable architects as Eero Saarinen and Louis Redstone. From there, with family in tow, Avner returned to Israel as the Chief Architect of the city of Tel Aviv.
Three years later, Avner and Frankie returned to the U.S., settling in Burlingame. Working with developer Al Taubman, Avner pioneered design in innovative large-scale enclosed shopping centers such as Sunvalley Mall in Concord, Eastridge Mall in San Jose, Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, Hilltop Mall in Richmond, the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and Meadowood Mall in Reno, Nevada.
Avner was always content entertaining friends and family at home. An absolute chef in the kitchen, he loved to tell jokes and travel the world with his devoted bride, Frankie. He displayed boundless love and generosity for his children, grandchildren and the greater Jewish community. We will miss him dearly.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Mickey Naggar Bourne and son Auri Naggar. Avner is survived by Frankie, his children Ron Naggar, David Naggar and Tammy Naggar Donovan, as well as his grandchildren Jed, Sari, Josh, Danny, Elizabeth and Joseph.
Donations in Avner’s name can be made to the Mickey Naggar Bourne Israel Trip Scholarship Fund, Jewish LearningWorks, 639 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118.
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