Morris Y. Angel, “Morrie,” who lived life full of love and gratitude, passed away on Monday 2/15/21 at the age of 91. The youngest of four siblings (Lou, Mike, and Tillie Siegel), Morrie was born and raised in Los Angeles by his parents, Yuda and Victoria, who emigrated to the U.S. from the Island of Rhodes, Greece. He was shaped by his Sephardic Jewish religion and culture. He grew up speaking Ladino and immersed himself in the Rhodalesi community throughout his life.
After attending Manual Arts High School where he was class President, he went to UCLA and graduated in 1953. He began his career as an accountant and later owned and operated clothing stores.
Morrie was a very giving man, both in terms of his time and dedication to his community, and to those lucky enough to have known him. Committed to the Sephardic Hebrew Center, he served as synagogue President, was a member of the Board of Directors, and was honored as Man of the Year in 1983.
He loved his many lifelong friends, lit up every room with his kind heart and contagious smile, and lived life with a sense of deep gratitude. His greatest joy was his family, who meant everything to him: his loving wife of 53 years, Alice, his four children, Fred (and Stacy Sterman), Dana (and Bruce Kates), Lori (and David Rudoy), and Rick (and Shelli Angel), his six grandchildren, David, Jackie, Michael, Jeanna, Amanda and Samara, and his great-grandson, Morrison, his namesake and pride and joy.
Morrie will be dearly missed and will live on in all of our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sephardic Education Center at sephardiceducationalcenter.org