December 25, 1928 - April 9, 2017
Born in Bronx, NY
Resided in Bridgewater, NJ
Zeke loved to reminisce about growing up as part of the "best generation" in his Bronx neighborhood where he attended William Howard Taft High School. As a young man he became an avid reader, especially of books that told of adventure and travel around the world. Like many young men during World War II, he was eager to serve his country, so he left high school during his senior year to join the Army and started to see the world he had always read about. After the war, he was able to explore his love of travel and culture by joining the Merchant Marines. This let him enjoy his passion for fishing and life at sea.
Upon returning to the US he resumed his education by obtaining his GED and then his Bachelor's degree in anthropology and Master's degree in education from City College of NY. He went on to earn his PhD in psychology from University of Tennessee Knoxville. He worked as a clinical psychologist at the VA Lyons Hospital for 32 years, where he established a day treatment center for his fellow veterans. This is where he met his best buddy and devoted wife of 47 years, Elizabeth. He often said his decision to marry her was the best of his life.
After retirement, he continued his lifelong love of learning by researching topics ranging from history to cooking while spending time in his favorite chair at the computer. He enjoyed nature and watching out the window to see what animals would venture into the backyard.
However, he will most be remembered as the best dad in the world to his children and best "Pop" to his grandchildren. In a family of talkers he was the quiet, thoughtful listener who was always looked to for his wisdom and advice. The memories of his constant support during disappointments and joy at their accomplishments are his lasting legacy.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his son Robert and wife Rachel of Atlanta, GA, and his two daughters; Carrie and husband Jon Budd of Flemington, NJ, and Meredith and husband Eric Hoyer of Raritan, NJ and his six loving grandchildren Zachary, Lily, Ruby, Hannah, Annabel and Jon Jr.
On Thursday April 13, 2017 the family will be receiving condolences from the hours of 4-7pm at the Branchburg Funeral Home 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876.
Religious services will be conducted at 5pm by Rabbi Jack Kramer.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter 100 Commons Way Bridgewater, NJ 08807 or the Bradley Gardens Rescue Squad 106 Linden Street Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
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Branchburg, NJ US 08876
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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