Mark Fuerstein, 65, of Highland Park died Feb. 19, 2011, after a nine-month struggle with cancer.
Mr. Fuerstein grew up in West Orange where, as a teenager, he performed as a singer and bandleader in the area. For several summers, he led a band at the Canco Hotel in the Catskills.
After graduating Rutgers University in 1967, he began a career as a financial adviser that would span 41 years, most recently with UBS Financial Services. In 2010, he was named one of the top 1,000 brokers in America by Barron’s.
Mr. Fuerstein was a major supporter of Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, serving as a Vanguard leader since 1984 and representing the federation on missions to Israel, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
He performed in a number of groups in central New Jersey, including the Rutgers Alumni Wind Ensemble, the ‘Parktones’ doo-wop quartet, and the Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple choir, and played several roles in local theater productions.
His travels included trips to Cuba, China, Peru, Ethiopia, Kenya, Patagonia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Mount Kilimanjaro and, at the age of 61, Mount Rainier.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Laura; two sons, Eric of Hoboken and Michael of Minnesota; his sister, Bobbi Lewis; and his niece and nephew, Dina and David Lewis.
Services were held Feb. 22 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, with arrangements by Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, New Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to the Fresh Air Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, or Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple.