BDE: Reb Avrohom Krel, z”l.
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Avrohom Moredchai Krel, a beloved member of the Boro Park community, and a master of chessed. He was 67 years of age.
He was born in the village of Kfar Ata, in Eretz Yisroel, in the year 1954. His father, Reb Shmuel Eliyahu Krel, was a Holocaust survivor from Poland, who had endured the worst suffering in the concentration camps. Being a Gerer Chossid, he named his son for the Gerer Rebbe, the Imrei Emes.
When he was fifteen, his mother became ill, and traveled to America for treatment. Her young devoted son accompanied her here, and took care of his every need.
He married tbl”ch, the former Sarah Glazer, a granddaughter of Rav Avrohom Binyomin Beinish Auerbach, a descendants of the Ba’al Shem Tov, who was known as the “Yerushalayimer Rebbe.” Reb Avrohom cherished the yichus of his wife’s family, documenting and archiving the history, and caring for the cemetery plots belonging to the family.
He was a trucker by vocation, and would travel long distances, working long and hard hours.
But the real use of his truck was for chessed, and the same went for every spare moment that he had. “He would take me late at night on Thursday nights to deliver Tomchei Shabbos boxes aboard his truck. We would ring the bell, leave the box at the door, and leave before anyone could spot us,” recalls a grandson. “He did this for years.”
Once, he received a call from a Chabad Shliach in need of matzos… “He drove for hours to deliver matzos to him,” he recalls.
Along his trucking routes, he would stop in at various towns to be mechazek people whom he kept up with. When he would come out of shul, he would stop random strangers and invite them for meals. “This went on for years. And so many of these people were individuals that others would not invite into their homes…”
Reb Avrohom was the gabbai of the Torah Temimah minyan for three decades. He was deeply devoted to the mispalelim, and to Rav Lipa Margolies, shlit”a. He was deeply beloved by all the mispalelim.
The levaya took place on motzei Shabbos, and the greatest testament to his life of chessed in the most discreet manner was the incredible crowd of people who came out for a kavod acharon for this individual who did went about his life with simplicity and kindness.
He was buried alongside the Aurbach family members in Floral Park Cemetery in New Jersey, for whom he cared for so many years.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.