MARLBORO - MICHAEL A. CHASIN passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021, at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge. He was 85.
Michael (Mike) was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 12, 1935, and lived there in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay prior to moving to Marlboro in 1969. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School, City College, and Brooklyn Polytech. Prior to his retirement, he was a civil engineer and transportation planner, and prevented countless traffic accidents over his long career by addressing the factors that cause accidents to happen. He worked for New York City engineering firms on projects all over the world, including Colombia and Malaysia, and for the World Bank. While a contractor for the Port Authority he survived both the 1993 and 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He also served as Traffic Engineer for Marlboro Township for many years, helping small businesses as part of the town's efforts to make sure their plans met safety requirements. He was hired by more than 14 New Jersey municipalities for his traffic and safety expertise.
Mike was a highly intelligent, intensely loyal, and affectionate man, known for his breadth of interests, his entertaining stories, his large collection of relatives (actual and honorary), and his willingness to do anything for the many people he loved.
He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 56 years, Carol; his parents Harry and Shirley; and his brother Steve.
His memory is cherished by his children, Tod Chasin and Sharon Solar of Morganville, and Sherri and Bob Calvo of Riva, MD; grandchildren, Ilana Chasin of Jersey City, Danny Chasin of Freehold, and Peter and Samantha Calvo of Davidsonville, MD; great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Isabel Calvo; brother- and sisters-in-law, Michael and Laura Friedman and Joan Chasin; nieces and nephews, Dawn and Seth Borden (Sabrina and Chase), Dean and Gail Chasin (Sierra and Alexa), Lisa and Joe Cieri (Madison and Ryan), and Rob and Allison Friedman (Max and Lilah); and many cousins and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to MOUNT SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPELS, East Brunswick. To leave a message of condolence, please visit our "Tributes" page.
Memorial donations may be directed to Autism New Jersey.
A celebration of Mike's life will be held when it is safe to gather.
Mike was a beloved and valued member of the Bereavement Group that meets at Temple Rodeph Torah. While he remembered his wife, Carol, with us, and shared his personal stories and memories, we especially remember how much he supported and helped his fellow group members in countless ways. Whether it was listening with an empathetic ear, lending his vast knowledge and valuable practical advice, or offering a ride, a steadying arm, or his own hospitality, Mike had an immensely generous heart that was always wide open to those around him. We honor his memory and will dearly miss our friend. May his memory be a blessing.
I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. The world has lost a wonderful and giving individual. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences to all. All or love Shelley and Marc Sidenworm
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was my friend at the Temple Rodeph Torah bereavement group. He amazed me with his stories of how he survived and helped others on 9/11. May his memory be a blessing. Nina Mester
The Mindfulness Practice Group of Annapolis to Sherri & the family: Grace Cavalieri is the Poet Laureate of Maryland
from the Mindfulness Practice Group of Annapolis.
“After the first death there is no other…” Dylan Thomas
Every father’s death is the first death,
no matter what went before—
When we were small, they were strong and able,
when we were afraid, they were fearless.
Legend paints the father as a cosmic force or a founding figure,
but the true father is simply part of our own voice.
The range for loss is large,
sweeping sands, green ocean, golden fields without end.
What we offer, as your sangha friends,
is something smaller—
A way we can come through the portal of your grief
to hold your hand,
to connect our lives to yours for just this moment,
to say we love you.
We will forever love you, Grandpa. Your adventurous stories will now be ours to tell, to spread your memory & love. Now you can have your Friday Shabbat dinners with Grandma again, tell her hi from me. I love you!
Grandpa Mike will always be in our hearts and a loving, fierce inspiration in our lives.
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