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Eli Shaff

September 12, 1935 –
 June 29, 2022

Obituary

Eli Shaff was born on September 12, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York to parents Louis and Etta Shaff. He was the only son and youngest of five children. His four older sisters, whom he adored, were Rosalie, Muriel (Mickey), Edith (Edie), and Sonia (Sunny).

 

At the age of ten, Eli moved with his family to Livingston Manor in upstate New York, where he helped his father in his fruit and produce business and graduated from high school in 1953. As a member of the National Honor Society and Senior Class President of Livingston Manor High School, Eli’s leadership abilities were evident at a very young age.

 

He spent two years in the U.S. Navy before finishing his engineering degree at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He always said he was not a great engineer, but ultimately that did not matter, as he was great with people and building lasting relationships. He began his career with Western Electric and climbed the ladder of management, subsequently retiring from AT&T after a successful career spanning 38 years. At one time, Eli headed a sales team of over 300 people with offices in many locations throughout the United States. When he retired, it was a testament to his love of people that he received hundreds of letters wishing him well and thanking him for his kindness, leadership, and mentorship. He maintained many of these relationships throughout his life and made it a priority to keep in touch with so many people throughout the years.

 

Eli passed away on June 29, 2022, at the age of 86, in Dallas, TX. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Belle; his daughter, Paula; his son, Louis, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer; and his three grandchildren, Gabrielle, Ethan, and Sam.

 

He was a gentle, kind, and caring person who loved and felt deeply for those in his life. In turn, he was a greatly loved man and will be missed each and every day, always and in all ways.

6 Thoughts on Eli Shaff
    Chadd Mason
    12 Jul 2022
    1:06pm

    A beautiful person and an example to all. Love you Eli! Thank you.

    Marlene and John
    20 Jul 2022
    1:42am

    A loving and kind person. An example for all to follow. Eli you will be missed by each and every life you touched. Rest In Peace. We love you. Hope to see you at the bridge.

    Vern Buck
    25 Jul 2022
    7:01pm

    All the things said of Eli in his obit are very true of him. I think of years when we were in high school. Eli would have me and five or so.more guys over to his barn to play pool. Good times with a great friend. The nice people will always be in our thoughts.

    Tom O'Leary
    28 Jul 2022
    7:48am

    Eli was a philosopher and a listener … made him a great manager of people in whatever setting. He saw good in everyone. He is the kind of person that makes one think “I’m glad to have known him”!
    Time erases the hurt but not the memories.
    Rest in peace, Eli.

    Robbie and Larry Robbins
    29 Jul 2022
    5:04pm

    A Loving Soul will be missed. Eli shared many good times. Always sunshine in Eli’s eyes and voice. Thank you Elli for sharing your time with us. You inspired your POEM in June 2022. All of us wish to find the peace you have. Love you Forever, Eli.

    Elijah
    Your name means love for the creation
    Our understand of you comes from a faith
    Belief is what you show us
    Forgiveness you always provide
    Loving you lets us know truth

    You are from the book
    We are your lambs
    Lead us follow
    We come with Faith
    Into your guidance
    Loving you lets us know freedom

    Yes your name is Elijah
    And you have fulfilled your promise
    More waits as you know
    You ELI are destined to hold us
    In your arms
    Love you we will

    From your Chariot of life
    We will be your defenders
    For LOVE is our belief
    Elijah

    Jack Becker
    12 Sep 2022
    2:24pm

    Eli was a mensch… a person of integrity and honor. We met when he started at Western Electric and remained friends for 63 years. Eli was a natural born manager and proved himself again and again.

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