Benjamin (Benny) Isaac Dwoskin, age 81, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 15, 1935. He was raised in the kosher home of Nathan and Emma Dwoskin with his four sisters; Sarah, Ann, Dolly & Carol. His mother and father were owner operators of Florida Fruit & Produce Company which was quite successful in procuring and distributing oranges, grapefruits, bananas, tomatoes, etc. Ben had a wonderful childhood and enjoyed spending time at the family summer house located in JAX Beach FL when only a handful of homes existed in that vicinity. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and enrolled at the University of Florida to play baseball and more importantly study Citrus Management in line with his father’s wishes. After two years in college and obtaining an Associate’s Degree Benny had other ideas and soon dove into an enlisted position with the US Navy for 6 years. Ben was ordered on a Mediterranean Tour as Yeoman 2nd Class and sailed by many of the European and Middle Eastern Countries. He served on the USS Des Moines and the USS Hyades. His fondest naval memories included being a lifeguard while stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After the Navy, Benny moved to Houston in the early 60’s. In Houston he began building a career in Credit Management as well as starting a family. He was well respected in his profession and became President of the Southwest Region Credit Managers Association. Ben held volunteer positions and associations such as Little League Baseball Board Member, Booster Club Board Member for Cy-Fair High School, Lion’s Club member and a member of the Elks Club. Ben moved to Galveston in the early 90’s. In Galveston he found the home he’d been looking for and enjoyed just about every day of every year while residing there with his second wife Maureen. He found his time with Our Daily Bread to be particularly rewarding. He also enjoyed performing simulated patient duties at UTMB in Galveston and partying as a Crew Member with Mystic Krewe Aquarius during Mardi Gras. Ben thinks highly of Congregation B’nai Israel and is proud of his Jewish heritage. His hobbies included stamp collecting, reading old sci-fi books, collecting nostalgic or eclectic antiques, as well as being a sports enthusiast. Ben’s children, grandchildren, family members and friends (particularly his best buddy George) will miss his wit, wisdom, and at times ornery style that left us with joyous laughter and many memories. And remember Benny’s words, “Be happy for those who worked hard and succeeded.”
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:15 A.M, at Houston National Cemetery, with Rabbi Marshal Klaven officiating.