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July 16, 2004 - Image 91

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-07-16

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Justin encouraged kids to rally to the
aid of their buddies in need who
might feel isolated. "Always assume
you're their only friend," he said.
"He was hands-down the most
inspirational person I've ever met,"
said Justin's brother Blake.

Finding Time To Smile

"Justin was a magician in a sense that
I don't even think he understood,"
brother Chad said. "The magic of his
sleight of hand and stagecraft paled in
comparison to the magic with which
he filled the world.
"It is perhaps more dazzling that he
taught himself innumerable talents,
perhaps more wondrous that he cared
so deeply about his friends and family.
Perhaps it is more awe-inspiring that
when faced with cancer he still found
time to smile."
A letter written to Justin by his
mother, Lynne Roman, was read at his
funeral by his stepfather, Rabbi
Norman T. Roman of Temple Kol
Arai_ She wrote of her son's persist-
ence to anything he put his mind to
— and the inspiration he was to his
family and how much they learned
from him.
"The enthusiasm you bring to your
life will never leave us," she wrote.
"The love that surrounds you will
never die. The magic you brought to
all of our lives can never die."
Justin Rochkind is survived by his
mother and father, Lynne and Rabbi
Norman T. Roman; father, Sanford
"Sandy" Rochkind; brothers, Adam
Rochkind, Chad Rochkind, Blake
Rochkind, Benjamin Roman; sister,
Caryn Roman; grandparents, Julius
and Pearl Bello.
He was the beloved grandson of the
late Albert Rochkind, the late Sophie
Rochkind, the late Bernard Roman
and the late Helen Roman.
Interment was at Beth El Memorial
Park. Contributions may be made to
the Justin Rochkind Memorial
Chesed Fund at Temple Kol Ami
(supporting families with critically ill
children), 5085 Walnut. Lake Road,
West Bloomfield, MI 48323; St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital, 501 St.
Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; and
Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3390 Pine
Tree Road, Suite 20, Lansing, MI
48911. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel.

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