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July 16, 2014 By:
Steven Gadon, 82, Prominent Lawyer
Steven F. Gadon, managing partner of the law firm of Spector, Gadon & Rosen, and a prominent member of the Jewish community whose dedication to family filled his heart with the happiness he sometimes couldn’t find as an Eagles follower, died July 4.
A native of Malden, Mass., the Haverford resident was 82.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he served as a CPA before attending and graduating from Temple University’s School of Law.
“Family was everything to my father,” his daughter, Susan Gadon, says of the man “whose smile lit up the room, especially when he saw his grandchildren.”
Raised in an Orthodox home, he “instilled a strong Jewish foundation” in his own family and was proud to send two of his children, Susan and son Richard, who died in 2000, to Akiba Hebrew Academy, where he served on the board.
He was strongly committed to Israel. Indeed, says Susan, “for his 75th birthday he took the whole family — 14 of us — to Israel for a week.
“He lived by the tenets of Judaism.”
That was clear, also, in his commitment to Har Zion Temple, where he served as a trustee. He was also active and integral to the success of the American Friends of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, of which he was a charter member.
Gadon found a welcome serenity in the power of nature, as evidenced by his love of the beach. When the family realized the end was imminent, he was moved, at his request, to watch the passing of time from the window of his beloved seaside home in Margate, N.J.
“The beach,” says Susan, “was a big part of his life.”
As were the Eagles, whom he staunchly supported, during their playoffs and off-times. They were in the running for his favorite things to talk about.
And he himself was in the running, literally. At the advice of his doctor to exercise, he took up walking, developed a passion for race-walking and took part in a number of marathons — including the New York and Boston events — all starting after he turned 55.
In the legal community, he was known as a leader of the pack.
Says Paul R. Rosen, chairman of the law firm Gadon served for four decades: “Steve was the heart and soul of the firm. He ran it, built it and allowed me to enrich it through our litigation department.
“He was my friend, a classic mensch.”
And always reliable. At Har Zion, Gadon made it his commitment to come to minyan every Tuesday. It was for that reason, says his daughter, that he was known by fellow congregants as “Mr. Tuesday.”
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; two other daughters, Amy Fuchs and Beth Stoneberg; and six grandchildren.