21st April, 2013
REUNION - Final
date is the weekend of June 15th, 2013
The hotel -
Brighton Hilton Metropole
official events will take place at the Metropole.
Saturday afternoon lecture will be by
Prof. Jacob Klein 1960-1965
The Sunday meeting and lunch will be at the Metropole banquet hall.
The hotel underwent
extensive renovations during the past 2 years and we were promised
that all whits will get the renovated rooms.
Please find attached the accommodation link for booking rooms.
As some of the Witt's do not inform us about changes in their E-mail
Address, please let all your whitt's friends know about the reunion,
they might be among those who's E-mail is not known to us.
SEE YOU IN BRIGHTON
3rd April, 2013
I am sorry to announce more bad news with the passing of Yosi
Hassidof. I thought it fitting to pass on some tributes from his
classmates and friends. Louis Mandel
sorry to have heard of the passing away of Yossi. Nice friendly guy.
Will always remember his smiling face.
Having lived in lodgings in Brighton with Yossi for a whole year, I
always remember him with fond memories.
Let us all live in health and happiness and hear better news.
Indeed very sad a young man. Yossi "Blue house" was a great football
player!! Nice guy plenty of energy. We will miss him
|Sorry to hear
that! I remember Yossi fondly. He was a fun guy back at
May he rest in the Lord's peace and I wish you all a long and
left us all with fond memories.
19th February, 2013
I am sorry to be the bearer of more bad news but Michael Kaidan
passed away yesterday age 71. He had a heart attack during a
heart operation at the Wellington Hospital in North West London. He
has also been fighting a very aggressive form of cancer.
Michael was the treasurer of the whittingeham Club in the UK a duty
which he executed with great diligence and enthusiasm. As a member
of the committee he was instrumental in helping to organise all the
reunions in England.
He will be sorely missed by his wife Elizabeth, his two boys and
their families and the Whittingeham community. Warm regards
Ron Dee (Dwelaitzky)
I am sure you will be upset to hear of the death of Michael Keidan
(55-59) after a relatively short illnes. He and Michael Howard
organised the first Whitt re-unions in Brighton, and he was always
our first-rate MC.
We will miss him enormously. He died far too
early at the age of 71, and I am not at all sure how we will manage
L'Chaim to you and yours
8th February, 2013
As some of you already
know, our dear friend and fellow Whittingehamian, Edgard Man, has passed
away in his sleep during the night of Tuesday/Wednesday, February 5/6. The
funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) in Florida and Whittingehame was
represented by Micky Gillerman, Danny Gladstone-Barzeli, Aaron Lichtstein
and Dubi Shiff's two sons, Danny & Zvi. I am told two independent and
releasable sources that Micky gave a beautiful and heartwarming eulogy at
the graveside on behalf of himself and the school.
I talked to Lupe after
the funeral and, given the devastating circumstances, she seemed to be
coping and was grateful for the immediate Whittingehamian support led by
Micky. Lupe tells me that, when she discovered what had happened, Edgard
"still looked pink had a smile on his face." Of course, none of us would
have been surprised that Edgard would depart this world with a smile -- come
to think of it, I don't ever remember Edgard without a smile on his face.
At a minimum, a mischievous smirk that preceded a joke or a zinger of some
kind. Never the one to ever complain or have a bad word to say about
anyone, or anything. He was unique. After all, who else walked the
corridors of Whittingehame College singing "you are density, my specific
gravity" to the tune of Paul Anka's "You Are My Destiny." No one else I
know would have dared to expropriate the lobby of the George V Hotel in
Paris as his private office and 'take' meetings there, always impeccably
dressed. That was Edgard, the one and only.
Lupe agreed that when she feels strong enough and is
able to visit New York, we'll have a memorial Whittingehamian get together
to celebrate Edgard's life. I will keep you posted.
thank you for sharing the sad news...I had no idea,
like most of us, and as Danny Gillerman already wrote, you expressed
it all so eloquently with sincere feelings.
it was good that a number of Whittingehamians were there attending;
after all, it was an important part, short for some, but
nevertheless an important part of our formative years.
I also send Lupe my heartfelt condolences and sincere wishes that
the fond memories and Edgar's smile will give her strength.
Amos Schueller ( Afroyim)
Thanks a lot for advising us on the sudden death of
Edgar,In fact I heard about it today at lunch with friends of Shlomo
Tissona who spent time with the Mann's on a Gullet in Turkey a few
I met Edgar only in Whittingehame functions as I
think he was far younger than I and must have joined after I left.I
remember him like a lovely person and very enthusiastic on all
potential Whittingehame activities both in the UK ,Isreal and of
course the US .
Ehi Zichro Baruch
Very sad news,
but thanks for sharing this so emotionally and eloquently with all
I'm very proud of Micky and am happy he was there to represent us
Janice and I will always remember Edgar's smile and miss him very
We send Lupe our heartfelt condolences and sincere wishes that her
wonderful character, fond memories and Edgar's smile will give her
All our Love,
Janice and Danny Gillerman
Sad news indeed.
Rosemary and I share the sincerest heartfelt
condolences to Lupe.
I enclose a short clip of “happy Edgar” from way back then.
Look after yourselves,
Rosemary & Ilan Reisner
Thank so much for your touching and informative email. Both Leah and
me are so shocked I don't know what to say. We loved him and will
miss him on our visits to Miami and Tel Aviv or London. Edgard Lupe
and I travelled on the same train to Brighton last re-union, he will
be greatly missed this time around. Hope all is well with you, we
must meet again somewhere. Take care my friend.
Miki & Leah Munzer
Your friends from Down-under
for the overwhelming worldwide response. It goes to show how much we
all loved Edgard and how much he will be missed by all of us.
In case you missed it, our own Steven Spielberg (AKA Ilan Reisner)
sent us a brief video clip (see above) showing Edgard and Budah
debating world affairs. Unfortunately, the sound is lost, but
lip-reader as I am, let me give you the gist of the conversation.
Budah is saying that Harold Wilson's austerity measures are what
Britain needs today and Edgard retorts (after a couple of 'expletive
deleted') that only the Tories will put the country back on its
The always publicity-seeking, Joe Romano, decides that it is the
appropriate time to walk in fornt of the camera and get his face in
the picture. This was edited out in the final cut.
And finally, a group of Edgard supporters (Atabaki on the left, an
unidentified in the center and Belord on the right) are cheering him
on and shouting "Edgard for PM." They are led by their cheerleader,
Shimmy (AKA Meir Shimon, or Shimmy = She and ME). After careful
examination of Shimmy's lip-movement, it seems that he isn't
cheering Edgard at all, but singing "l'amour toujours, tonight for
Dear Edgard was a very, very special friend. He always remembered to
call, especially on the holidays. He would travel to NY & Israel to
attend friends' childrens' weddings and meet the BOYS. (or Whitts)
So in one of those weddings, we went with Edgard and Lupe too, and
we got to the wedding ceremony especially early, in time to meet the
guests, only to discover that we did not know anyone in the wedding
ceremony, not even the bride and groom. We checked the invitation,
yes, it was the correct address. To our surprise, the wedding we
were attending was scheduled to be the next in line. You can imagine
how Edgard made us laugh.
At another event, which happened many many years ago, the Boys met
in China Town, NY. We sat in the center of the restaurant and had a
bombastic time laughing, spurred on by Edgard's sense of humor. So
much so that slowly but surely all the other diners started to
depart, because we were laughing so uncontrollably. By the time we
were kicked out of the restaurant, all the other customers had fled
I also spent some time in Venezuela visiting Edgard and Lupe. They
were the most hospitable, lovely friends. One of Edgard's favorite
pastimes was to play jokes on Lupe's dog. The other beautiful
quality defining Edgard was he was a Bon Vivant. He made an art of
enjoying life and sharing his joy with his friends. In effect, he
felt the BOYS to be more family than friends. When I visited Edgard
and Lupe in Miami at their beautiful home in Coconut Grove, Edgard
loved to have everything perfectly arranged and made sure that I was
treated like royalty.
Even now I can hear his voice full of fun and jokes. A minute with
Edgard on the phone or in person brought laughter and joy. Some
times we would laugh for ten minutes at the time. One of the last
conversations I had with Edgard was in January after I sent him a
funny story. Edgard said " I laughed for two hours." So Edgard, I am
glad I could make you laugh one last time, for all those many times
you lifted my mood.
We are missing you terribly much.
Tony and Sharon