Richard Julius Marx of Sao Paulo, Brazil, passed away May 13, 2023 after a lengthy illness. He was 93 years old.
Richard was born September 22, 1929 in Frankenberg, Germany, to Rudolf and Leni Johanna Marx. In 1937, his immediate family as well as grandparents and other relatives immigrated to Brazil. Soon after their arrival, 7 year old Richard became the interpreter and ambassador for the family. He helped with the family business while continuing his full-time studies.
Richard devoted most of his professional life working for the same company as a sales manager. Outside of work, music and singing were his passions. At an early age, he joined the synagogue choir where he was a member for close to 50 years. After his choir retirement, he continued singing with the same fervor and intensity from the pews. Richard was also an avid cyclist. He would wake up everyday at 4:45 AM and ride his bike for an hour or more. He continued doing this well into his eighties.
Family was the most important thing for Richard. He took care of his mother until her passing at the age of 92.The Marx family and extended family lived mostly in the same city. So there were many family get together throughout the year. Birthdays, holidays, simchas, and just because happened all the time. He met Dina when he was in his early 30s, and the two were married for 59 years.
Weekends were family and extended family time together. Almost every week we would have family bbq. Ping pong tournaments between Richard and his brother were epic. All kids standing and rooting around the table as the brothers competed agains each other.
Yearly Family vacations and trips to the beach also included all families. Richard travelled several times to the US to spend time with Rogério, and in one memorable trip he met a long lost cousin who attended Richard’s Brit Milah back in Germany at that time, the cousin was 7 years old.
Many of nieces and nephews always associate the Pessach Sedarim with Richard. He started with the first letter, and without skipping a word would finish at the very end. No matter the noise level, or general hunger around the table. These are too some of my warmest memories of Pessach of old.
Friday night Shabbat dinner were always in our house. Richard’s kiddush was always chanted with high intensity and volume. The walls would shake.
He is survived by his wife Dina Marx, his son Rogerio Marx (Naomi Falk) and his daughter Andrea Marx Costa (Acacio Costa), and his grandchildren Manoela Marx Costa (Steffano Coelho), Isabella Marx Costa (Harlan Ginsburg) and Joshua Marx. He is also survived by siblings-in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces and other relatives. He is predeceased by his brother Ludwig Marx.
Funeral services took place this past Sunday, May 14 in Brazil. The family is sitting Shivah in Brazil and will be sitting Shiva virtually over zoom on Thursday, May 18 from 8:00-9:00 PM.
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Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the newly established Temple Israel’s Richard Marx Multicultural Fund.
May his memory be a source of blessing.
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