A lifelong resident of Newton, New Jersey, Marvin Hollander, was born on November 24, 1926 and died on April 13, 2017. He graduated from Newton High School in 1949 and was an avid sports fan and proud supporter of Newton High School sports teams. He was employed for over 50 years as a clerk in the family retail paint store business, the Newton Paint Store, located on Spring Street in Newton. Marvin is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Sanford and Roslyn Hollander of Newton, New Jersey, and their 4 children, Joseph and Barbara of Holmdel, New Jersey; Andrew and Jordana of Port St. Lucie, Florida; David and Alexandra of New York, New York; Elizabeth and Laurie of Denver, Colorado; and their extended families, as well as his many pen pals and friends from Liberty Towers and Bristol Glen.
Marvin’s immersion in Newton High School and its sports teams was reinforced through the years following his high school graduation by the Newton High School Athletic Director, Arthur Disque, who permitted Marvin to accompany the high school athletic teams on team buses to “away” games, his nephews and niece participating for 14 consecutive years in Newton High School sports, and his continued attendance through the past decades to many Newton High School games. Newton High School sports were central to his being.
Although chronologically, Marvin was in his 91st year of life, he remained a Newton High School partisan.
The Yiddish storyteller, Jacob Dinezon, described Marvin in the late 19th century, without knowing him:
“God, who had created the world in such a way that living people must get older from year to year, how would it bother God if we were children for our whole lives? Or at least to remain happy as children?”
Marvin will best be remembered by all who knew him as an example of the proposition that all human beings, whether rich or poor, male or female, black or white, gay or straight, overweight or underweight, gifted or differently abled, are entitled to infinite dignity because each human being is created in the image of God. Donations may be made in Marvin’s memory to The SCARC Foundation, 111 U.S. Rt. 206, Newton, NJ 07860; the Bristol Glen Fellowship Fund, 200 Bristol Glen Dr., Newton, NJ 07860; or the Liberty Towers Fund, 32 Liberty St., Newton, NJ 07860.