Eric Singer, 86, of Montclair died Oct. 12, 2015. Born in 1929 in Hechingen, Germany, he escaped the Nazis with his parents in October 1938.
Mr. Singer worked in fabric research before going to work with his parents in their doll manufacturing company in New York City. At age 50 he learned computer programming and became an independent consultant.
He received a bachelor of science from Lowell Textile Institute.
He served in many capacities as an active member since joining Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, in 1962. He was also a dedicated hiker with the Tri-States Ramblers. He was actively involved with Boys Town Jerusalem, a technical high school in Israel that trains disadvantaged boys. While his children attended Montclair public schools, he worked with the Board of Education’s capital budget committee.
In his retirement years, he and his wife Rita traveled extensively, visiting nearly 70 countries. He successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at age 81.
Predeceased by his granddaughter Erica Ferrera, he is survived by his wife of 61 years; two sons, Marshall (Rita) of Clifton and Alan (Cynthia) of Conway, Mass.; his daughter, Eileen Singer (partner Adam Levinson) of Wakefield, RI; and three grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 14 with arrangements by Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town Jerusalem Foundation of America, Inc.; Montclair Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Inc.; or Brady Center to End Gun Violence.