Marvin Epstein, 88, a lifelong Bayonne resident, died Nov. 26, 2010 in Boynton Beach, Fla., where he also maintained a residence.
After graduating from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Mr. Epstein entered the family business, Bayonne Plumbing Supply. He ran its Staten Island division, Branch Supply, for 25 years.
A prominent figure in Bayonne, he was most recently honored as its first “Distinguished Community Leader.” He spent a lifetime chairing, participating, and supporting causes both here and in Florida. His positions included board president of Temple Emanu-El, Bayonne, and vice president of the Jewish Community Center. He was president of the Jewish Community Council and chaired numerous UJA drives. He also chaired the Bayonne chapter of the NCCJ. He was the fund-raising chairman of the Bayonne Medical Center and had remained an emeritus board member. He also served on Bayonne’s Industrial Commission and the mayor’s advisory board.
Predeceased by his wife, Janice Block Epstein, he is survived by three daughters, Elyse Deutsch of Scotch Plains, Ellen Forman of Englewood, and Nancy Malchi of Wharton; his son, Richard of Maplewood; two brothers, Morton Epstein of Bayonne and Lawrence Batlan of Clifton; two sisters, Lillian Mangel of Bayonne and Charlotte Perelman of Summit; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 29 with arrangements by Gutterman Bros., Bayonne. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Emanu-El of Bayonne or the Bayonne Jewish community.