Florida—Steven L. Advocat, 80, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2023.
Steve was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Anne and Sidney Advocat. Remaining in New York for his early years, the family later moved to Salisbury, Md. Steve graduated from Wicomico High School and studied in Indiana before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served honorably for five years and landed in Virginia Beach.
An entrepreneur at heart, Steve enjoyed a variety of professions and was self-taught in each. He was an architect and builder, turned his interest in coin and stamp collecting into a flourishing career, got into computers early on—building a prosperous business, and then joined an old friend in his cabinet shop for more hands-on work on the way to retirement in Florida.
A founding member at Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue, Steve served in various leadership positions, instilling a sense of pride and the importance of Judaism in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
Steve was an ardent golfer, having started playing as a teen with his father. Taking after his mother, Steve was a phenomenal cook and loved to prepare cuisine from around the world for friends and family.
He served two stints as president of his condominium association boards, one in Virginia Beach and the other in Florida, where he remained the president until his death. Credited for completely transforming the Florida condominium, ensuring a safe structure, and modernizing every aspect of the building, the board offered a standing ovation for Steve when reviewing all that had been done over the last few years under his leadership, and due to his commitment, dedication, and demand for quality in every facet of the association and building.
He is survived by his beloved children, Benn Advocat, Robin Advocat Mancoll, husband Matt, and granddaughters Hannah and Molly Mancoll.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his honor may be sent to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater or Kehillat Bet Hamidrash in Virginia Beach.