A life well lived

Journal entry by Jon Zaff — Nov 6, 2018

At 6:40pm this evening, Arnie - loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and overall mensch - passed away peacefully. 

These two weeks have been difficult for us, but we are also grateful that we had these two weeks to be with him, talk with him, and tell him how much we love him. To see him smile when the Red Sox won the World Series, when a friend told a joke, or when his grandchildren were with him (in person or by Skype) was a gift. 

We are also grateful that so many close friends had a chance to be with him.  As so many of you know, he is a loyal and caring friend and he so appreciated seeing all of you. Each one of you brought him joy. 

We celebrate his life - a life well lived.


ZAFF, Arnold M. Of Newton Centre, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. For 50 years the beloved husband of Dale (Borks). Devoted father of Rabbi Eric Zaff & his wife Jillian and Jonathan Zaff & his wife Esther. Loving grandfather of Joshua, Noah, Gabriella and Eliana. Fond brother of Irene Jacobs & her husband Norman. Devoted son of the late Fred & Sarah (Dechter) Zaff. Dear son-in-law of Rish and the late Bernard Borks. Services at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton, today, Thursday, November 8 at 11:00am. Interment at Beit Olam East Cemetery, 42 Concord Road, Wayland. Please omit flowers. Remembrances, if desired, may be made to Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, 1320 Centre Street, Suite 306, Newton, MA 02459 or Zaff Family Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.