Samuel J. Sirota, 83, of Short Hills died Jan. 2, 2015. He was born in Newark.
Mr. Sirota was the founding partner of the law firm of Sirota and Sirota, Maplewood, and was both an attorney and a certified public accountant.
He graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark, Rutgers Business School, and Seton Hall University School of Law.
He served in the United States Army.
He held numerous positions in professional associations, serving as a member, vice chair, and chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law for over 23 years. He also served on and chaired the Committee on the Appointment of Fiduciaries, and served on the District V-B Ethics Committee. He was active with the New Jersey State Bar Association, serving as vice chair and then chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section, and served on the Board of Consultors, the Taxation section, Public Relations Committee, and General Practice sections. He was a member of many Essex County Bar Association committees and was the recipient of its General Practitioner Achievement Award in 1990.
A longtime saxophone player and clarinetist, he had his own band, “Sam Sirota and his Knights of Note,” for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly; his son, Jonathan (Jill); two daughters, Julie (Louis) Karchin and Lori (Robert) Gelman; and six grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 4 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Israel of Springfield, Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, DOROT in New York City, or Jewish National Fund.