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Donald Jay Silverstein

November 22, 1938 ~ May 28, 2022 (age 83)


Donald Jay Silverstein

November 22, 1938 - May 28, 2022

Loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, father-in-law, brother, uncle and friend, Donald lived a spirited life that centered on the love of his family and his appreciation for the small treasures that make life worth living. First and foremost, Donald loved his two sons, Michael and Adam, unconditionally and devoted his life during their formative years to raising them as a single parent and making sure they were always well cared for and wanted for nothing. When Donald’s company moved to New Jersey from Manhattan, his first priority in finding a new place to live was the well-being of his beloved boys. The demands of Donald’s career often kept him working well into the evening hours, even after he arrived home from the office. However, his career always came second to his family. While he cared for his boys, he selflessly spent much of his weekends caring for his parents, Meyer and Eleanor, as well. When the demands of his family waned, Donald was able to retire from Exxon in 1997 and with his dear friend, Richard Stout, began to travel the world. Donald treasured his time with Richard as they trotted across the globe. He especially loved their European adventures and would often spend hours reminiscing about their exploits in England, Switzerland, Austria, France and everywhere in between. Whether it was visiting a museum, an art gallery, a medieval cathedral, a manicured garden or taking in some musical theater, Donald loved all of it. In fact, he was always happiest when he was on the go, which might explain why he moved so many times—often from one adjacent town to the next—when he was home for any extended period.

As his sons grew into adults, Donald took great pride in their personal and professional accomplishments and cherished the many birthdays, holidays and special occasions he was able to spend with his sons, Richard, his daughters-in-law, Marisa and Erika, and their families. When Donald wasn’t traveling, attending family events or moving, he would cherish the quiet time with a good novel or one of the many movies in his extensive and eclectic collection. 

In his later years, Donald continued to focus on what was always most important to him—caring for those he loved. During the past several years, Donald devoted much of his time to caring for his best friend, Richard, and to making sure he had everything he needed to make his later years as comfortable as possible. Although Richard’s passing left Donald heartbroken, he would continue to find joy and purpose in conversations with and visits from Michael, Erika, Adam and Marisa.

Donald will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man, who always placed the needs of others before his own. His spirit will live on in the love of his family and friends. Donald is predeceased by his parents, Meyer and Eleanor; his sister, Lila; and his faithful companion, Richard. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Adam; his daughters-in-law, Erika and Marisa; his grandchildren, Anthony and Sarah his great grandson, Benjamin; his nieces, Aimee and Lauren; his nephew, Jason; and his recently reconnected family members—nephew, Marty; niece, Debra; and her son, Jason.

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