Irving Chvat, 98, of Monroe Township died April 28, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, he resided in Elizabeth for 30 years before moving to Monroe in 1987.
Prior to retiring in 1983, Mr. Chvat was president of Phoenix Manufacturing Co., a men’s outerwear company in Roselle.
He attended Officer Candidate School at Harvard University and graduated first in his class.
He served as a U.S. Air Force Captain during World War II.
He had a long history of leadership in the Jewish community, serving as president of the Northern New Jersey Council of B’nai B’rith, national commissioner of Hillel, and as a regional board member of the Anti-Defamation League. He was also chairman of the Human Relations Commission of Elizabeth.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth Ostrow Chvat; two daughters, Diane (Michael) Scheininger of Bethesda, Md., and Robin (Stephen) Abrams of North Caldwell; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held May 1 with arrangements by Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, East Brunswick.