Joseph “Joe” Segal

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Joseph “Joe” Segal, a loving and dedicated husband, father, and “Pop-Pop” passed away on June 28, 2022 at age of 98.

He was born in Norfolk, Va. on October 26, 1923.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Mildred “Millie” Segal. Their marriage was one we all admired. Their mutual love, devotion, and appreciation for one another was unsurpassed. Despite being devastated after her death, he was able to continue living a full life by surrounding himself with family and friends.

Joe was also predeceased by his parents, Harry Segal and Rachel Kofsky Segal and his siblings Al Segal, Meyer Segal and Rose Segal Simonoff.

He is survived by his three sons: Barry (Alyn, of blessed memory), Bob (Sue) and Burt (Lynn); grandchildren: Matthew, Adrienne (Moshe), Jaclyn (Craig), Hayley (Phil), Rachel, Stan, Josh (Tasia) and Michael (Lindsey); grandchildren by choice: Leanne (Kevin) and Joni; great grandchildren: Olive, Uma, Laila, Navah, Elliot, Milo, Kai and Niko; great grandchildren by choice: Jacob, Brett and Bryn. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends whom he considered family.

Joe graduated from Granby High School and attended the Norfolk Division of William and Mary College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a founding member of Temple Israel and its Men’s Club. Joe owned and operated Segal’s Economy Market and was secretary of Economy Stores, Inc. In 1970, he changed careers and joined Lincoln National Corporation. He later became vice president of Lincoln Financial Services of Virginia.

He was a friend to everyone he met and kept a positive attitude no matter what obstacles or health conditions he faced. He was a long-time fan of the Redskins and UVA sports. Joe played tennis well into his 80s and relished the camaraderie and competition.

Late in life he enjoyed a special relationship with Evelyn Eisenberg. They were childhood friends who, after many years, reunited in a special friendship.

He spent his last several years at the Beth Sholom Home and we are thankful for the wonderful care provided by the staff there. As the unofficial “Mayor,” he daily made his rounds in his motorized chair to greet and talk with everyone he saw. He enjoyed spreading good cheer to all. At 98 years old, when asked,“how are you?” his standard reply was “not bad for a young man!” When his health was failing, and he was near the end, the “Angels” at Beth Sholom and Amedysis Hospice service took loving care of him. We are forever grateful to all of you.

The funeral service took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations can be made to Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia or Temple Israel.