Simon Gottfried

Gottfried, Dr. Simon Peter of Fishkill, New York, passed away on February 4, 2017. He was 90 years old.

Born in Przemysl, Poland on April 30, 1926, he was the only son of the late Morris and Claire (Alexandrowicz) Gottfried. He was a Holocaust survivor who lost most of his extended family. He fought in the Polish Underground Resistance as a teenager.

After surviving the war, he traveled throughout Europe, spending several years in Italy. Later, he joined his parents in the United States. To save money for medical school, he worked several summers as the maître d’ and a tennis instructor at The Stevensville Lake Hotel in the Catskills.

He attended medical school at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where he met his wife, Gerda Flamme Gottfried, who predeceased him in 1999. They moved to the United States where Dr. Gottfried completed his medical residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He specialized in anesthesiology.

He was a proud American who cared for patients at multiple VA hospitals. It was an honor for him to give back to American veterans, especially those who rescued Europe during WWII.

After living in Riverdale and White Plains, he moved north with his family to Dutchess County to fulfill his dream of becoming a “country doctor.” He practiced anesthesiology at Highland Hospital for many years and general medicine until his retirement in 1998.

Dr. Gottfried was an avid reader who spoke five languages fluently. He was a life-long student of history and politics. He loved vacationing in the Caribbean and exploring areas of the Hudson Valley that reminded him of places he’d loved in Europe. In retirement, he enjoyed sitting by the pool, watching his grandchildren swim. He also enjoyed taking his friends and family to lunch. He was a loyal baseball fan who cheered for both the Mets and Yankees.

He and his wife Gerda were long time members of Beacon Hebrew Alliance in Beacon, NY. For the past five years, he was also a member of First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill, NY.

Dr. Gottfried leaves behind four children; Daniela Rosen, Deborah Bowen, Esther Gottfried, David Gottfried; and ten grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Beacon Hebrew Alliance Cemetery, Osborne Hill Road in Fishkill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Foundation for the Righteous ( or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( as well as First Hebrew Congregation (

Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick at LibbyFuneral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831-0179

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Date Of Service
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Location Of Service
Beacon Hebrew Alliance Cemetery Osborne Hill Rd Fishkill

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  1. Linda Kiraly says:

    Debbie, my condolences to you and Rachel and all your family. Peace to all.

  2. Kay Plummer says:

    To my dear Daniela, Debbie, Easter, and David I sent my sincere condolences to your entire family for the great lost of your believed father I will always call you my friend, rest in peace Dr you have helped and save so many life\’s is now a time to rest with your beloved beautiful, gorgeous and lovely wife.please tell her I say hello I miss cooking your favorite meals for you I miss you calling me your Katy but I know your lovely wife is smiling and welcomed you into her arms no more suffering rest in perfect peace Dr S G P you will always be remembered and you will always have a special place in my heart I love you rest in peace.

  3. Don Andrew and Lynne Bradley says:

    Debbie and family, we are thinking about you all and send our love and warmest support.

  4. Sam Ettinger says:

    Sincere condolences

  5. Jessie says:

    Debbie-my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I\’m sure your father will
    be missed. Our love to you and your family. We miss you!
    Jessie and Family from Texas

  6. Linda and Richard Elkind says:

    Dear Daniela,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We would like to express our sincerest condolences to you and the family. May the memories of him and his achievements serve as a source of strength to you now and in the future. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Linda and Richard

  7. Dianne and Ken Lancaster says:

    Debbie and Family, We are so sorry to learn about the loss of your wonderful Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

  8. Stafford Braxton says:

    Debbie & family,

    My condolences to you and your family. May the God os Israel grant you peace during the time of this loss.


  9. David Sheehan says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Grete Finkelstein says:

    I was saddened to read of Dr. Gottfried\’s passing. He was a very special person. He had a strong connection with Temple Beth El as well, and we appreciated his support. Our thoughts are with you. May his memory be a blessing.

  11. Jochen FLAMME with Sabrina FLAMME - HEIDELBERG/GERMANY says:

    Daniela, Deborah, Esther, David and families,
    we are so sorry to learn about the loss of Sy !!!
    He will always be kept in loving memory.
    Our thoughts are with you !!!
    Both your parents would have wanted you to stick together and support eachother in these difficult times!!!
    All our sympathy and love
    Jochen Flamme with Bettina,
    Sabrina Flamme with Oliver and Charlotte

  12. Bettina Schaefer, Heidelberg says:

    Dear Daniela and family, So sorry to hear about your loss. Your Dad will be missed and remembered. My warmest condolences and love to you all. Bettina

  13. Bob & Angie Haan says:

    Our sincere sympathy to your family, Bob & Angie Haan

  14. Monica Breimer says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I just happened to be driving past the cemetery yesterday, and there were services that appeared to be very near to your mom\’s grave. I prayed a little hoping that it wasn\’t what I thought. I checked the obituaries and my heart sank. I am so saddened by his passing. He was an amazing physician to our family, and was such a good friend to my husband. They often had lunch together (Highland Hospital). You were so blessed to have such a wonderful father (and mother). He was so very proud of each and every one of you and would beam with pride when he spoke of you all. The world was a better place because of him. He was an extraordinary man and an example to all of us.

  15. Kathleen Muthig says:

    My all time favorite doctor. Rest In Peace, Dr. Gottfried

  16. Betty Feldman, Fishkill, NY says:

    A very special person.

  17. Susan Miller-Todd says:

    Dear Debbie, Daniela, Esther, Dave, and family. I am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a wonderful man, and neighbor. MY heart and prayers go out to all of you. Debbie, please call me.. it\’s been too long 845 416 8616

  18. Krista Angeletti says:

    Debbie-I remember you talking so highly of your father. All the accomplishments he achieved throughout his life after a devastating childhood and the holocaust. We bless you and your family during this difficult time. Remember the Good times.
    Love and Hugs my dearest friend, love the Angeletti Family

  19. M J Jarmon says:

    My heart goes out to Dr. Gottfried\’s family and friends in your time of sorrow. I know he has left you with many precious memories from his precious time with us . \

  20. sorci family says:

    Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of your father. He was our family doctor for many years. His care and concern for us was awesome and so was he. We loved him dearly and hope he is at peace now with his loving wife.

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