David Schachne, founding partner of Fairfield Properties died peacefully in his Commack home Dec. 23 at the age of 88.
Schachne enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart, according to his obituary printed in the New York Times.
He went on to study at New York University and received a degree in accounting. After years as a practicing CPA he developed an interest in real estate, and became a founding partner in Fairfield properties where he worked until his final days.
Schachne was described as a righteous man, who loved life and those he shared it with. His family wrote in his obituary that he believed in bettering the human condition and that he wanted to relieve pain and suffering of his fellow man. It was therefore, that he extended his beliefs into his philanthropy.
His beneficiaries included Flatbush Park Jewish Center, Yeshiva University, where he was bestowed an honorary doctorate of humanities, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Brookdale Hospital, Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center, Jinsa, Shaare Zedek hospital in Israel, Jinsa, and Cancer Care.
Schachne is survived by his wife Dorothy of 66 years, sons Sydney and Jay, daughters-in-law Lesly and Andrea, grandchildren Brian, Heather, Seth, lan, and Elana, sister Doris, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.