Albert Vorspan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, February 12, 1924. He died on February 17, 2019, five days after celebrating his 95th birthday with his large, loving family.
He served in the Navy during World War II on an escort destroyer in the Pacific Theater.
Al married Shirley Nitchun on June 16, 1946, and they moved to Long Island where they raised four children. In retirement, they moved to Manhattan where they enjoyed each other and the cultural riches of the city. In 2014, they moved to Woodland Pond in New Paltz and became deeply involved in the life of the community. Al embraced the memoir writing class, inspiring others with his commitment and creative passion. Shirley died in August, 2018, after 72 years of a deep and loving marriage.
Al dedicated his life to the work of social justice. He was the founder and first director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, and spent his life in tireless, passionate pursuit of justice and freedom. He was a prolific author, and a compelling orator. He worked side by side with the great giants of justice of his generation, and was a lucid, articulate, powerful voice for social justice until the day of his death.He will be dearly missed by his children and their partners, Chuck and Emily, Robby and Brian, Kenny and Reva, and Debby. Their eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren will carry him in their hearts forever — Emily, Ben, Zach, Sam, Jonah, Noah, Emmett, and Becca; and Jack and Audrey. Al will be forever loved, as well, by his large and loving extended family, many of whom live in New Paltz.
Funeral services have already taken place.
Copeland Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family of Albert by visiting www.copelandfhnp.com