September 29, 1943 - August 30, 2014
Robertson “Bob” Lewis Day also known as Chaim Yaakov died on August 30, 2014, (Elul 4, 5774) after his third bout with cancer. He loved to be around family and friends, attend shul, ride his motorcycle, be outdoors, communicate with his amateur radio buddies, and spend time with his wife. He was born on September 29, 1943 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was preceded in death by his parents Francilla and R. L. Day, Jr.
He served in the U.S. Navy for five years as an Interior Communication Technician 3rd class on the Richard B. Anderson, a destroyer and on the Dale, a guided missile frigget while serving two tours in the Vietnam War. He graduated from High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana; He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Lander Co., Nevada. He worked as a Switchman for Pacific Telephone and later as a Systems Technician for Nevada Bell and AT&T, advancing to become a Supervisor. In 1998 he retired from AT&T and subsequently was employed by the State of Texas as an Institutional Parole Officer. He also tried his hand at hay farming in East Texas-not much profit but he liked working with his tractor and other farm equipment. Whatever he made up his mind to do, he gave it 110% and procrastination was not in his vocabulary. Everyday was a gift from HaShem and not to be wasted.
Chaim Yaakov enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. His trip to Eretz Yisrael in January 2012 was one of the highlights of his life. It was a very emotional and spiritual experience of which he often spoke.
Chaim Yaakov was a member of Congregation Toras Chaim in Far North Dallas and was described as the “salty anchor of the shul.” He was committed to daily davening and provided additional support to those who he perceived were more apt at learning. He was described by a close friend as one who “would laugh while still maintaining eye contact with you because he enjoyed the connection of one of HaShem’s greatest gifts: humor. He showed love by denying himself and giving what was left to others. His presence was expanding and yet including.” He volunteered for Jewish Family Services delivering food through their Meals on Wheels program.
Survivors include his beloved wife Charlotte and the following family members: Sherry, Bryanna, and Johnny Collins of Las Vegas, Nevada; Terry (Charlie) and Tabatha Walker of Las Vegas, Nevada; Mathew and Savannah Nadine of Victorville, California; Alexis and Andrew Moceri of Detroit, Michigan; as well as Grayson and Travis Arnold of Tyler, Texas.
Graveside services were held at Restland Cemetary in Dallas, Texas with Rabbi Yaakov Rich and Rabbi Peretz Shapiro officiating. Pallbearers included Shimshon Cook, Avi Harpaz, Akiva Meir Hersh, Simchah Itskovich, Hillel Penrod, Kalman Russ, Wes Sutkin, and Ehoud Wilson.
Thank you to the wonderful medical staff of the Baylor Hospital System, Texas Oncology and Faith Presbyterian Hospice who cared for Chaim Yaakov; the Toras Chaim community and greater Dallas Jewish community who davened for, supported and encouraged the family throughout his illness with home and hospital visits, providing food, and helping with daily tasks.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Toras Chaim, 7103 Mumford Ct., Dallas, TX 75252
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