Thomas E. Forgash, 81, of Garwood died Feb. 20, 2019. He was born in New York City.
Mr. Forgash was a small business owner.
He received his B.A. in 1961 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and an M.B.A. in 1970 from Rutgers University in Newark.
He was a classically trained clarinetist who taught himself many other musical instruments. He also had a passion for languages, including Yiddish, Hebrew, French, and Italian. Among his many hobbies were mathematics, photography, gardening, tennis, golf, sailing, magic, wine, dance, travel, and history.
He volunteered at the Newark Museum, and as a teacher of English as a Second Language and math for high school GED candidates in Plainfield. He was an officer of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey and also a founder of the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie (Zients); two sons, Adam (Cathy) and Benjamin (Keira); and two grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 22 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Emanu-El, Westfield; Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, Elizabeth; or Newark Museum.