Jack A. Meher passed away peacefully on November 22, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was truly a man among men who will be missed by all who knew him. Born on October 27, 1930, Jack was the youngest of three children born to Abraham and Tille Meher in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, New York. As a child, the family moved to Brighton Beach. Jack went to Brooklyn Technical High School, and it was at the age of 18 that he met his future wife, Phyllis Bandman. Jack went on to graduate from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and he and Phyllis married in 1952. The two lived briefly in Haverhill, Massachusetts before moving to Maywood, New Jersey, where they would raise their four children.
Jack had a long career as an Aerospace Engineer for Singer-Kearfott in Little Falls, NJ. After his retirement in 1995, Jack turned to volunteering, making deliveries for Meals on Wheel, taking on various tasks at Hackensack Hospital, and tutoring students in the Hackensack school system. Giving back gave him a lot of pleasure.
Jack's religion played a big part in his life. He and his family worshipped at Temple Beth Israel in Maywood, and Jack served as President of the congregation for a time. His somewhat off-key voice could often be heard above others reciting prayers and singing songs, something that brought a smile (or grimace) to the faces of those who knew him best. In later years, Phyllis and Jack became members of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, and Jack became a regular attendee of the Thursday Torah Study held at the temple. His love of the Jewish faith was evident up until the very end as we listened to him sing along with the cantor when she visited him at the hospital. It was still off-key, but Ein Keloheinu never sounded so good!
What meant the most to Jack, however, was his family. Quick to cry at weddings, bar mitzvahs, graduations, and yes, funerals, Jack wore his emotions on his sleeve at these events. The refrigerator in his and Phyllis's apartment is covered with photos of their two great-granddaughters, and he checked Facebook often to see if any new pictures had been posted. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife Phyllis of 62 years, his sons David, Stuart, and Jeff, daughter Abby, daughters-in-law Meryl, Andrea and Linda, and son-in-law George. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Jordan, Emily, Jacqueline, Zachary, and Jared, and his two great-granddaughters Kinsey and Teagan.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ, to be followed by a gathering and Shiva at the Meher's apartment until 8:30 p.m. The family will sit Shiva at the same location on Wednesday, November 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Services will be held at 7:30 each evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Meals on Wheels Association of America.