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Chester L. Shadovitz

October 23, 1949 - November 21, 2022

Chester L. Shadovitz, 73, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 21, 2022 at Preferred Care of Hamilton.

Born in New York City, Chester and his parents moved to central New Jersey in the early 1950s. Chester received an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University. In between, he attended the University of California, Berkley, where he studied literature. After receiving his MBA from Rutgers, Chester briefly worked in retail before joining the Department of Defense, where he held a civilian job as a logistics analyst until his retirement.

Chester resided in Howell, N.J., for most of his adult life. He was a talented musician, playing both the accordion, which he played professionally on occasion, and piano. But his real passion was reading and writing poetry. Over the years, Chester wrote thousands of poems, some of which were published in journals and regional newspapers. He was also a big fan of classic cinema.

Predeceased by his father, Ralph Shadovitz and mother, Edith. Chester is survived by his brother, David Shadovitz and sister-in-law Kesako; nephew, Michael Shadovitz and his wife Saori; niece, Patricia Shadovitz and her partner Luis Quintas; niece, Laurie Pivnick and her husband Josh; and seven great-nephews and great-nieces.

Chester will be entombed at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, N.J., where his father and mother have been laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation to help fund its efforts to improve care and advance research toward finding a cure.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Buklad-Merlino Memorial Home, Hamilton.


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I was deeply saddened to learn of my cousin Chester’s illness and passing. Although I was only able to spend time with him during family visits, I always enjoyed Chester’s unique and often very funny comments on life. I hope I get the chance to read some of his writing. I know that Chester will be deeply missed by all those who loved him; I will certainly cherish my memories.

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