Dr. Zohar Stark passed away at home on October 27, 2021 surrounded by his family.
Our father lived life on his own terms right up until his final moment which he chose to experience in the dream home he and our mother had built. Shortly before losing his battle with cancer, he insisted on coming home one last time. He knew the end was near and wanted to spend his final days in familiar and comfortable surroundings. His loving wife and each of his children and grandchildren had the honor to hold his hands until his final day.
Our father was born in the state of Israel in 1948, the same year that Israel attained statehood. As a young man he served as a naval officer and fought to protect Israel. Shortly thereafter, he married our mother who would remain his wife of 51 years.
The young couple moved together to Italy, where our father studied medicine. Upon his graduation, they returned to Israel for a short period before departing upon their American dream.
Ultimately ending up in the Philadelphia area, by way of LA and NYC, our father touched the lives of thousands of patients who he treated with skill and compassion as a highly esteemed orthopedic surgeon.
Our father loved the ocean. He was the figurative and literal captain of his own ship, both in his role as patriarch of our family, but also aboard his boat, the Star-K, which he sailed exploring the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters. He shared his love for the ocean with us just as his father, an oil tanker captain, had shared with him.
Not to be confined to oceans, our father loved the mountains as well. Some of our fondest family memories are the ski trips to the mountains of Vermont, Utah and British Columbia.
Without exception, our father achieved each of the lofty life goals which he set for himself. A self-made man, a world-traveler, a husband, a father, a grandfather. Honored. Respected. Loved.
Zohar Stark is survived by his wife: Ofra; his children: Amir (Lisa), Ran (Julie), Leeron (Matt); and five grandchildren: Noa, Blake, Maya, Reese and Ellie to whom he was known lovingly as "Saba".
Funeral services will be held at Goldsteins' Funeral Home, 310 Second Street Pike, Southampton, PA 18966, on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 1:30 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 1:00 PM. Burial will take place at Shalom Memorial in Huntingdon Valley immediately following the service.
Shiva will be held at the family residence for seven days following the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to People for the Poor
, an organization which our father supported for many years, helping to fund homeless people and soup kitchens throughout South Jersey; or to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation at Lung Cancer Research Foundation