Max Sidney Gross, 91, of Newtown, Pa., died Feb. 21, 2020. Born in Trenton, he lived in the Washington, D.C., area and Ewing Township before moving to Newtown in 2005.
Following his high school graduation at 17, Mr. Gross was employed by his family’s hat business, Reed Millinery, traveling continually throughout the southern United States into his 20s. In the late 1950s, he became a stockbroker, joining Bache & Co. and rising to the level of first vice president, where he oversaw more than 500 branch locations in the U.S., was periodically quoted in The Wall Street Journal, and at times had seats on the Midwest and Canadian stock exchanges. He continued in his career well into his 70s.
He was a member of the board of managers of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and the Metropolitan Board of Trade, and served on other committees throughout the years. He joined the Bucks County Youth Aid Panel, volunteered with SCORE for many years, participated on the finance committee of Pennswood Village in Newtown (where he resided), and frequently gave seminars on financial planning.
He married his first wife, Cora Lee Kaufmann, in 1955 and had four children, Caren, James, Gary, and Steven, who survive him. His second wife of over 40 years, Josephine (Jo) Tuemmler, predeceased him last year, and he is also survived by her children, Jan, Sue, and Dave; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 23 with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to The Hildred E. and I. Irving Gross Fund of the Jewish Braille Institute International or Alzheimer’s Association.