“We set up the fund in memory of Leila, Reuben, and Harriett to keep what they shared with us alive and use the values they instilled in us to help others,” Joshua Sock says of this fund he established to honor the memory of his grandparents, Leila Sock and Reuben and Harriett Myers.
Leila was born in Plisa, Poland, and immigrated to the United States when she was a teenager. She learned English in school, and it was in high school that she met her future husband, Sheldon. She worked with Sheldon growing their business while raising two children. The couple had been married for 71 years when Leila passed away in July, 2016.
“She was a very social and outgoing person and had a very strong faith, which she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She always hosted the holidays and was a role model for everyone,” her daughter-in-law, Gayle Sock, shares.
Josh continues, “Grandma Leila’s joy in life was making sure her family was happy and taken care of. She would have wanted nothing more than to know we are trying to make the world a safer and more joyous place.”
Although Reuben passed away when Josh was a toddler, his work ethic and devotion to his family have carried through to his children and grandchildren. “My father had a contagious personality; everyone loved hearing his many stories and funny tidbits. He had a gift for engaging others and once you met him you didn't forget him. He was loved and admired by those that knew him both personally and professionally,” says Gayle.
“Harriett was an extremely caring and gentle person. She knew the importance of education and providing us all with a strong sense of worth. She and Reuben worked hard running a successful business while never missing a moment of time with family. She would want us to cherish her memory by helping others find the love and support that she provided us,” Josh explains.
The Sock/Myers Fund will forever honor the lives and legacies of Josh’s grandparents through its support of Jewish education and family services in the Greater Providence area.