Samuel Berman died peacefully at home in Maplewood, NJ on January 30, 2020, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was 81.
Sam earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Newark College of Engineering. He moved to Los Angeles upon graduation in 1964 and began his career working for the California Highway Department designing freeway interchanges. He returned to New Jersey in 1968 and worked for the Engineering firm of Goodkind and O’Day in Montclair until 1970. Sam went on to be the Township Engineer for Hanover Township, New Jersey for 36 years, retiring in 2006. He was a member of a number of professional organizations and enjoyed spending time as a volunteer for Whippany Railway Museum. Many Maplewoodians knew Sam as the bearded runner who was a staple on the town roads. Running was his great passion and he completed more than 35 marathons, including races in New York City and Boston.
Sam is survived by his wife of 59 years, Roberta; daughters Keira and Denise; sons-in-law David and Bob; his adored grandson, Daniel; sister Miriam; and many dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.