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Luxembourg, Belgium - Beloved Satmar Figure In Belgium Dies In Collision

Published on: July 28, 2015 03:22 PM
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Luxembourg, Belgium - Funeral arrangements are being made in Antwerp for a well known Satmar askan who died this evening in a head on crash in the mountains of Belgium.

Yoel Tirnauer had taken an exit off the E25 highway and was heading onto the N89 southeast of Antwerp in Baraque de Fraiture when a truck transporting a load of wood slammed the side of his car, as reported by Belgian news sites Gazet Van Antwerpen and L’Avenir.

A witness told police that Tirnauer ran a stop sign and that the driver of the truck was unable to stop in time.  Firefighters and medical transport helicopters were summoned to the scene but were unable to save Tirnauer, who was pronounced dead at the accident site.  The driver of the truck was uninjured in the crash.

Tirnauer moved to Antwerp after his marriage and had become a well known member of the community.

The son of Yisroel Tirnauer of Williamsburg, the 30 year old was the father of two children.


Shulem Mermelstein, a friend and family of the niftar, said that he had begun dabbling in real estate over the past two years and was heavily entrenched in Antwerp’s Satmar community.

“He was taking care of the needs of the kollel in Antwerp, and doing everything related to keeping funds for the kollel,” Mermelstein told VIN News.

Tirnauer was described as someone who was known for his sensitivity and who lived to do for others.  He frequently went as part of Mesamchim to visit the sick and was well known for his enthusiasm at community weddings.

Police are currently investigating the accident which took place on the highways leading to the Ardennes,  a popular vacation spot for members of Antwerp’s Jewish community.

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 Jul 28, 2015 at 03:41 PM Maven Says:

Yoel'y,Yoeli'y OY oy oy im crying.Who didn't know this dear person. I doubt there are few people in Satmar worldwide who didn't know this sweet kindhearted person. Oy nebech nebecah .His father and mother. Oy we must do tshuva


 Jul 28, 2015 at 04:05 PM ydeneydene Says:



 Jul 28, 2015 at 04:23 PM BDE Says:

I believe I taught his sister (cousin?) in Beis Ruchel. A terrible tragedy for the family and the community


 Jul 28, 2015 at 04:59 PM lipa21 Says:

ISH HACHESED !!!!!!!!!!!


 Jul 28, 2015 at 05:19 PM Yossi Says:

Burech Dyen Emes. My condolences to the father Sruli ,his wife and children.
What a terrible tragedy for klal yisroel after we just waiting for Shabbos Nachmi we get such bad news. May hashem heal your deep wounds and your son be a mylitz yosher for the family and klal yisroel


 Jul 28, 2015 at 06:31 PM TexasJew Says:



 Jul 28, 2015 at 08:42 PM ydeneydene Says:

Anyone know where he lived here in Williamsburg? ( street)


 Jul 28, 2015 at 10:18 PM Mightysmart Says:

Reply to #7  
ydeneydene Says:

Anyone know where he lived here in Williamsburg? ( street)

This young man and his wife and 2 children live I'm Belgium.


 Jul 29, 2015 at 03:57 AM Motty Says:

A terrible loss. Boruch Dayan Hoemes.


 Jul 29, 2015 at 08:09 AM Chaim! Says:

He's an American that lived in Antwerp.

Bde! Very tragic very sad


 Jul 29, 2015 at 09:02 AM heyward Says:

What a tragedy. Ish Hachesed... May he be a mylitz Yosher for all of us...


 Jul 29, 2015 at 09:11 AM albroker Says:

Reply to #7  
ydeneydene Says:

Anyone know where he lived here in Williamsburg? ( street)

he didnt he grew up in Williamsburg.


 Jul 29, 2015 at 09:22 AM Gitzuger Says:

BDE!! What a big loss! what a chushiva yingerman!! his house is a non stop chesed location!! may he be a meilitz yiosher for klal yisroel!


 Jul 29, 2015 at 10:28 AM Conscience Says:

Tragedy and Beyond
Words ever so frivolous
ever so Arrogant....

A Tragedy
one to which
Halted and to a screeching Halt
came a Father his Destiny ....

A Soul
Ever so Beautiful
A Soul
ever so Radiant
His Affection
Never able to Contain....

i look i stare
All in disbelief
and how could this be ....

a Man with so much
yes with so much Goodness
a Caliber
one unmatched
in its ability
Transcending ones selfish needs ...

your Capacity
your abundance of Kindness
be it
in the Physical dimension
be it
in the Spiritual Reality
yet it was all the same to you ....

all the same;
" let me allow
that soul to shine "-
- " how could i sit idly by
and not enable another yid
to at least reach where i am"?-

yeah yoely
this is you
one look
one look at your Soulful eyes
and the Passion
it ignites-
for the Heart-- broken....

Joy and simcha
your motto forever
how empty
now with your absence ....

your loving wife
your precious children

your nurturing parents

the Brother

the Fountain
of Inspiration

Worlds- yoely
to so so many

your Beautiful Neshuma
from so many

so how are we
how are we - yoely
to depart
ever so fast ....?

how are we


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