Mr. Shmishkiss was a member of what is now Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. He served as a trustee of the Lynn Institution for Savings, which became Eastern Bank, and of Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, according to his family.
In a eulogy, his granddaughter Laura said that in addition to her grandfather’s accomplishments, she was inspired by his “generosity, and his excitement, appreciation, and passion for the simple, yet beautiful pleasures of life.”
He could spend hours planting flowers in his garden, and delighted his grandchildren by making blueberry pancakes and French toast with orange liqueur and cream.
“He taught me probably the most important skill in life: how to crack open and devour a lobster,” Laura said.
When she visited him recently and showed him her smartphone, he marveled at the device and asked, “Where can I get one of these?”
“Even at age 93, from a wheelchair . . . he still made people laugh, still expressed deep interest and excitement for their lives,” she said.
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