Ephraim Roth was born July 7, 1918, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Harry and Dena Roth.
He graduated from Hughes High School and attended the University of Cincinnati. There he met the great love of his life, his devoted wife of 75 years, Helen Ehoodin Roth.
Soon after they married, Eph joined the Navy and World War II took him to the Pacific, where he served with honor and received the Bronze Star. When he came home, he continued managing the family business, Roth Furniture, until he retired.
In retirement, Eph began a new career as a tour guide for the Cincinnati Convention Center. He loved educating visitors about Cincinnati’s landmarks and the rich history of his hometown. Later, he joined Heyman Talent, working there as an administrative assistant for a number of years.
Eph’s history with his beloved Adath Israel Synagogue spanned a lifetime. He sang in their choir from the age of 9 and continued until age 100. He loved and was especially grateful for the special care he received from members in his later years. Eph celebrated his second Bar Mitzvah at age 73. His devotion to his faith, synagogue, and his lifelong friend Rabbi Irvin Wise was evident as Eph rarely missed holiday and Saturday services.
Eph was an emeritus member of the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. He served as concert master for 25 years, and was one of its most dedicated violinists for 57 years.. To celebrate Eph’s 100th birthday, members of the orchestra honored him with a concert at Cedar Village for his family and friends.
In 2015, Eph and his beloved wife Helen moved to Cedar Village. There Eph became involved in a host of interesting activities. As he did everywhere, Eph cultivated close relationships with residents, staff, and his aides. For Eph, they were family, and he loved them all.
The last time Eph got together with his family – his two daughters, his three grandchildren, and his six great grandchildren – he ended this special time with a sacred request – to remember his words of love for all of them, and to remember how important it was to him for his family to remain strong, to love and cherish one another always.
Ephraim Roth lived his 101 years well, dedicated to his faith and devoted to his relationships with his family and friends, who meant so much to him
Leah Freed, Eph’s longtime neighbor and friend summed up his life with these lovely words – we are all better people for for having known this wonderful man.
Ephraim passed on Sept. 15, 2019, joining his beloved Helen, who died in March of 2016. He is survived by his sister, Lillian Hartman; his brother-in-law Harry Eden (Esther); his children Lynne Heyman (John Polk) and Cookie Yosowitz; his grandchildren, Wendy Heyman, Andrew Heyman (Lynn Busch Heyman), and Suzi Yosowitz; and his great grandchildren, Sofia Vianna, Zachary Vianna, Derek Heyman, Josey Heyman, Ilayna Busch and Mason Busch; his neice, Hope Hartman; and his nephew, Alan Hartman.
Contributions may be made in Eph’s memory to Adath Israel Congregation.