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Edward Zissman February 20, 1948 - October 1, 2018

Edward Herman Zissman, affectionately known throughout his life as Eddie, was surrounded by family when he lost his battle with glioblastoma on October 1st, 2018.

Eddie was born on February 20, 1948, to Jennie Moskowitz Zissman and the Reverend Phillip Zissman in El Paso, Texas. He was a graduate of El Paso High School where he was quarterback of his football team. He was active in the Jewish community and was a BBG beau. Upon high school graduation in 1966, Eddie attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned degrees in pharmacy and pharmacology.

He was a loyal, Lead Pharmacist at Eckerd and CVS for over 40 years. He took enormous pride in his career and was a vital part in the care and well-being of the many patients whose lives he touched.

Eddie is preceded in death by his wife Debra Friedman Zissman, mother of his children Heather and Eric, Debra’s parents, Sonny and Francis Friedman, his parents, and his brother-in-law, Marvin Dinesman.

In 1993, Eddie met Deborah Greenfield Zissman and they married a year and a half later. They shared travel, laughter, and the closeness of a large, loving family. Debbie survives Eddie as do his children: daughter Heather Fishman and husband Douglas, son Eric Zissman, son Jonathon Reckles and wife Suzie, daughter Meredith Bleiler and husband Seth, and his grandchildren Hannah and Justin Fishman. Eddie is also survived by his in-laws, Marianne and Larry Greenfield, sister Rhea Dinesman, brother-in-law Joel Friedman and wife Tevia, sister-in-law Elizabeth Krohn and husband Matt, sister-in-law Michelle Stone and husband Howard, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Eddie’s kindness had no limits. There was never a favor, a mitzvah, that he would refuse for anyone. Whether it was pitching in when his children moved residences, working with Debbie in their business efforts, or cutting the grass at the family ranch, Eddie was always there. He was the most incredible dad and grandpa, spending endless amounts of time with his children and grandchildren creating lasting memories. He had a witty sense of humor, a knack for storytelling, spoke 7 languages, and loved playing guitar. He had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed scuba diving and skydiving with his sons. Like a true Texan, Eddie was always proudly wearing cowboy boots, cheering on his Longhorns, and thoroughly enjoyed all the time he spent at his family ranch. Eddie loved to dress for the occasion and lit up the room with his outgoing, friendly personality. He was a role model to all who knew him and took great pride in a job well done. The works of his hands and the love he instilled in hearts of those who knew him will keep Eddie’s memory a blessing.

Funeral services will be held at Emanu El Synagogue, 1500 Sunset Boulevard, on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 10 am. A graveside service will immediately follow at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery, 1037 Post Oak Road. That evening, a short service and dinner will be held at Emanu El Synagogue at 6 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Music Therapy Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann online at www.memorialhermann.org/donate, by mail to 929 Gessner, Suite 2650, Houston, TX 77024, or by phone at 713-242-4400. Please notate in the comments that the donation is designated in memory of Eddie Zissman to the TIRR Music Therapy Program. Donations are also welcome to Jewish Family Service at www.jfshouston.org.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset, Houston.  Graveside service to follow at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, 1037 N Post Oak Rd, Houston.


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    Fehmida Karachiwala says

    Very sorry to read about the sad demise of Eddie. May his soul rest in peace .Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may the Almighty God give all the family members to bear this immense loss. I knew Eddie for more than 30 years when he worked for Eckerd and CVS and was always ready to help out .Cannot forget his cheerful attitude.

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    Barry Racusin says

    My heart is truly heavy today.
    Eddie was a friend from the time we were teenagers and roomed together at UT. We continued that friendship in Houston and I have so many memories of being with Eddie listening to him play his guitar and making tea.
    Even with all of the hardships he had to endure during his life he never stopped being funny and made me smile.
    I will miss him and that sly smile for as long as I live.

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    Sandy & Richard Brochstein says

    You are in our thoughts & prayers. We’ll remember Eddie as the friendly man with a great smile & a beautiful singing voice.

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    janice spencer says

    I’ve known Eddie for many many years, back to the Eckerd days. Eddie was a sweet, kind man, who ALWAYS warmed my heart. I’m so sorry for this terrible loss.

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    Gia Kahn says

    Wishing you all long life and may you find comfort amoung the mourners of Zion.

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    Anita Corenblith says

    I’ve known Eddie since my freshman year at UT, fifty years ago. There are so many good memories from those years and beyond. Please know that Cliff and I are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    With much love,
    Anita and Cliff Corenblith

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    Laura Horwitch says

    We are so sorry about the loss of Eddie. The Chicago family is all thinking of you and sending lots of love and prayers.

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    Nancy Moscov-Rapp says

    Neil and I are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I understand he was a very close Uncle to John and family.

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    Judy Edge says

    My family is holding all of you close in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Doris A Hearne says

    I will miss you ? only noing you a short time but you will be missed.

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    Ami Goodman says

    May Eddie’s memory be a constant source of strength, inspiration, love and smiles for all whose lives he touched. I have many fond memories from our childhood in El Paso as a part of the B’nai Zion Jewish community.

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    Rhoda and Stan Linnick and family says

    What a beautiful tribute to Eddie. Everything so incredibly true as he will always be remembered as the special man he was. So sorry for your loss. Nelson/Linnick family

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    Sheldon Bleiweiss says

    My heart goes out to Eddie’s family. I have many fond memories of our friendship together since we first met at UT Hillel. Family was the most important thing to Eddie, and I was happy for him that he found new love and family after losing his first wife. Regardless of where life took us, or the distance between us, I will never forget Eddie’s joy for life. May his memory continue to be a blessing to his family.

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    Bobby Kaplan says

    Eddie was one of my oldest childhood friends growing up in El Paso, through Jr. Congregation at Bnai Zion, Zielonka AZA, and then as part of our singing trio …”The rolling Bagels” along with Marty Aaronson. Eddie was always there…. a very special person. May his memory be for a blessing ….

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    Allan Baker says

    I just learned of Eddie’s passing. I knew him in Zielonka AZA here in El Paso. Even though I went to a different high school than most of he Jewish kids here, Eddie accepted me unconditionally. When I moved back to El Paso in 2006, I restablished contact with him and he was still a “Mench”. My most sincere condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

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