Erwin George Markowitz, 94, of Worcester, died Jan. 18 at home. He was the husband of Judy (Kline) Markowitz. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of Abraham and Grace (Kurland) Markowitz. He lived in several communities in New York and New England before moving to Worcester and graduating from Commerce High School. During World War ll, he enlisted in the Army and served as a medic, primarily in France. Recently, his service was highlighted in the book, My Father’s War, by Charley Valera. He and his father founded Red Knit Mills, a textile manufacturing company. He enjoyed photography and his photos have won awards and appeared in many jury shows. He was a competitive target shooter and he represented the United States at the 7th Maccabiah Games, winning a gold medal.  He continued his target shooting and became a Lifetime Master of the NRA. He was the oldest member of the Worcester Pistol and Rifle Club. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans Post #32 of Worcester, a former member of Congregation Beth Israel, the Jewish Healthcare Center, the Worcester Art Museum, the Atlantic Salmon Association, Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David and his wife, Barrie, of Manhattan, and William and his wife, Lisanne, of West Hartford, Conn.; four grandchildren, Alex and Rachel of Manhattan and Jacob and Max of West Hartford, Conn.; two nieces, Debbie and Amy Kern; and a nephew, Bruce Kern. He was predeceased by a sister, Judy Kern. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609; the Atlantic Salmon Federation, 14 ME-24, Brunswick, ME 04011; or the Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation, 411 Longbeach Parkway, Bay Village, Ohio 44140.


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