Obituary of David Eisner
David R Eisner, 86, of Niskayuna, passed away peacefully at home on September 25, 2019 surrounded by his children. David married his loving wife, Esther on January 23, 1955, right before being deployed to Japan, where he served during the Korean Conflict. David and Esther started their family in Syracuse NY where their two sons were born. They lived there for 9 years, with David working at General Electric doing early research work on television. In 1964, while Esther was pregnant with their daughter, they moved to Niskayuna NY where he began work at the GE Corporate R&D Lab. While at GE, David was a respected member of the research team which did the development of Doppler ultrasound, CAT scanner, and MRI system. After an early retirement, he continued as a part time consultant.
David had many hobbies, all of which he approached with extreme passion. He enjoyed woodworking and made most of the furniture in their house in his basement workshop. He also enjoyed sailing on Lake George, gardening, BBQing, traveling the country, camping with his family, and vacations in Aruba.
David was a longtime member of Agudat Achim Synagogue where he also served as house chairman. While serving in this capacity, he helped oversee the building of the current synagogue, and the school addition. He was regularly seen at the synagogue during his lunch break, to make sure everything about the building was up to his standards. David was also a very active member of the Schenectady JCC, where along with being a board member, he was clerk of the works, managing the construction of the addition to the building. He donated his salary back to the JCC paying for the elevator which bears a plaque thanking David and Esther for their donation. In recent years, he could be found most afternoons enjoying sometime in the JCC hot tub or at the outdoor pool in the summer.
David was predeceased by his loving wife Esther, and his identical twin brother Norman.
David is survived by his younger brother Brian of Scottsdale, AZ, three children, Lawrence (Amy) of Coventry CT, George of Niskayuna, NY, and Jill (Ira Weiss) of Niskayuna, NY; and his grandson, Ross Eisner who is attending college in Kent, OH.
The funeral service will be held at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union St., Schenectady, on Sunday September 29 at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Agudat Achim Cemetery on Schermerhorn Street in Rotterdam immediately following the service. The family will be sitting Shiva on Sunday immediately following interment, at the family home at 2244 Webster Drive in Niskayuna. The observance of Rosh Hashanah ends Shiva on Sunday, but the family will be available at home for visitation on Wednesday October 2 from 3pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Congregation Agudat Achim, Schenectady County Jewish Community Center, or the American Cancer Society.
The family would like to express gratitude to David’s oncology team at Upstate Hematology Oncology who helped him through a nearly 15-year comfortable survival from this insidious disease cancer.