Obituary of Harold Lawrence Popik
Harold "Hal" Popik passed away on September 17th at home with his wife of 51 years, Babs Popik, by his side. Hal spent his career working primarily in the news industry, first as a film editor and then as a video editor for such shows and specials as the Apollo 11 documentary film, the Reasoner Report, 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Barbara Walters Show, and for a light-hearted show Animals, Animals, Animals. Hal traveled to Russia with ABC news when President Nixon visited there and was in Israel during the Gulf War working for ABC. Hal was born January 4, 1934, to Anna and Morris Popik in Brooklyn New York where he attended elementary and junior high school, later attending Stuyvesant High School in NYC.
Hal is survived by his wife Babs, children Kenny Reff (Washington, DC), Gale Grimsinger (Houston, TX), Debby Richter (Long Branch, NJ), and Lisa Reff (Bethesda, MD); grandchildren Michael, Robert, Melissa, Ryan, Sara, and Kayden; and great-grandchildren Jordan, Peyton, Bronx, and Dallas.
A Memorial Service will be held at Temple Emanuel, Kensington Maryland, on October 13, 2019 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to JSSA Hospice (Rockville) in Hal's memory.