David Raphael Maizel

by | Apr 7, 2022 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—David Raphael Maizel passed away on April 2, 2022 surrounded by the love of his family and closest friends.

David is survived by his wife, Honey, his son Lee (Isabel), his son Jay (Susan), his son Ari (Nikki), his daughter Hally, his brother Raymond (Karen), his five grandchildren Tatyana, Lake (Sarah), Bella (Ben), Max, and Gemma, and a legion of nieces, nephews, cousins, and family members throughout the world.

David was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Patterson, New Jersey on December 25, 1948 to Joseph and Ruth Maizel. An exceptional student and high school basketball player, David was destined for greatness at an early age. He graduated from Rutgers University and received his medical degree from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. During medical school, David enlisted in the US Navy, serving as a physician in Exmouth, Western Australia, and Boone Clinic at Little Creek Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. David was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

After leaving the US Navy, David dedicated his medical career to family medicine and was the founder and managing director of Providence Road Family Practice, a primary care practice that continues to serve the Virginia Beach community in Kempsville. After integrating with Sentara in 1995, David served as executive medical director, and later president of the Sentara Medical Group. David was loved and admired by his patients, his staff, and his colleagues throughout his career.

David was proud of his Jewish heritage and remained committed to community involvement throughout the past 45 years. David was a board president and member of the board of directors at Temple Emanuel in Virginia Beach, member of the executive committee at Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach, served on the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, and served as leadership giving chair and chair of the general campaign for United Way of Hampton Roads.

To those who knew him, David was one of the kindest, most caring, and intelligent human beings on the planet. David was equally welcoming to his family and friends as he was to perfect strangers, and to know him was to adore him. David’s passing is a tremendous loss for his family and for his beloved community, but his legacy will be carried on by his children and grandchildren who will live to honor his memory.

Funeral services for David took place at Temple Emanuel in Virginia Beach. The family requests donations to the David Maizel Memorial Fund supporting clinical and religious activities on campus at Beth Sholom Village (visit www.bethsholomvillage.com or contact the development department), the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (https://holocaustcommission.jewishva.org/) or Zero The End of Prostate Cancer (https://zerocancer.org). Online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.com.