Marvin Henry Sunshine

February 12, 1945June 26, 2020

Marvin Sunshine of Franklin Lakes, age 75, on June 26, 2020. Born in the Bronx, NY to the late Bella and George Sunshine. Survived by his wife of over 50 years, Carol, his son, David, daughter-in-law Kim, grandchildren Ella and Nate, sister Anita Freimauer and many cousins. Lifelong friend of Irwin and the late Karen Terach. Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and John Marshall Law School. Founding partner of the law firm Sunshine, Atkins, Minassian and Tafuri. A self-starting leader with quick wit and sarcasm, he was admired by many and nothing made him smile like his grandchildren, the proudest achievements of his life.

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Daniel Kleeman

July 9, 2020

Just learned of Marvin’s passing. As an original member of the loophole softball team: Marvin to me, was our Babe Ruth, hitting and pitching our team to several championships. I will always remember his positiveness and sense of humor.
May He Rest In Peace.

Suzanne Frankland

July 6, 2020

Please accept my very sincere condolances on Marvin's passing. We met back in 1991 when I was clerking for Judge Sybil Moses (RIP) and I thought for the longest time that Marilyn, her secretary, was joking when she said "Good Morning Mr. Sunshine!" This is easy to understand as Marvin was always chipper and happy, with a joke or a laugh for us. We became close acquaintances over the years and I greatly valued his advice and respected Marvin as a peer. This is a terrible loss and Mr. Sunshine will be greatly missed. God Bless him, may he rest in peace and God Bless the Sunshine family.

Chris Cavalli

July 1, 2020

I joined SAM&T as an associate in 1996. I consider Marvin, Jay, Don and Bob my mentors, colleagues and friends. Although I was only at the firm for 2 years, Marvin considered me a part of the “firm family” to this day. I was fortunate to be invited to the firm’s holiday parties for the last 25 + years and help run the “modern day” firm softball team, even for years after I left the firm. (Marvin constantly reminded me that we were no Loopholes.) Marvin’s unbelievably quick wit both got the best of me and helped make me who I am. You will be missed my friend.

Robert Biagiotti

July 1, 2020

A friend, a colleague, original Loophole. Wonderful memories of Thursday evening softball games.
Rest In Peace, my friend.

Paul Marino

June 30, 2020

My thoughts are with Carol and David. It was with great sadness that I learned of Marvin's passing. Marvin Sunshine
was one of the " good guys", a special individual, that one is fortunate to get to know in one's life. I met Marvin and and a band of other accomplished attorneys, when as a young attorney, I was asked to join the Loopholes, a championship softball team. Never had so much fun being an attorney; it had nothing to do about law, and everything to do about friendship and being part of something special. That friendship with Marvin never ended. I will miss him.

Trudy Schneidler lieberman

June 30, 2020

I saw Marvin-the last time when we were in the same classes at PS88. I remember his sister Anita. I also, remember when his Mom passed. We were in kindergarten , 1st, 2nd and 3rd and I believe he went to PS 90 , also. I was reading the Times obituary today and I saw Marvin's obituary. It has been many years but certain people stand out. Marvin was one of these people. He should rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing. Trudy Schneidler Lieberman

Richard Zavinsky

June 30, 2020

Early in my career as a police officer Mr. Sunshine educated me on a number of legal issues and let me know , very clearly i might add ,never do that again. I listened to his advice to me very carefully because i had a lot of respect for him and i knew he would always give me good clear honest advice. I strongly believe he helped me rise up the ranks and ultimately become Police Chief in Rochelle Park. Its been a very long time ago and i cant remember if i ever THANKED HIM but i take that opportunity now, Mr. Sunshine my deepest thanks to you for helping me get to the top with your advice. May you and your Family always be Blessed, My Deepest sympathy to all. Richard Zavinsky

Stacey Smetana

June 30, 2020

Dear Sunshine Family:
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I had the pleasure of sitting right outside Marvin's office for most of the 16 years that I've been at this firm. Every day, he'd walk by and say "hi goils" and I'd yell "SUNSHINE!". We got along very well, but the times he would get into one of his "grumpy" moods, I always knew to ask how Ella and Nate were doing and his face would light up and he'd show me the latest pictures. His grandchildren were truly his pride and joy. We did a lot of kidding around but I had the highest respect for his success and achievements as a legend attorney. May he rest in eternal peace. He was truly one of a kind and he will be deeply missed.

Stacey Smetana

Deirdre Manole

June 30, 2020

Carol and David,
I cannot put into words how sorry I am for yor great loss. I have known Marvin and your family for over 41 years since starting to work with the firm in 1979 when it was just Marvin and Mr. Draesel. Over the years, there were many funny and profound moments. Who can forget the Loopholes (baseball team) from way back when.

There were a few weddings and births that were mixed in over the years also. I will certainly look back at a few pictures I have to remember the certain special moments that were captured in time.

Marvin provided me with very sage advice over the years when I was uncertain of a choice to make. He never minced words and if you asked for his opinion, you got it.

Marvin may be gone from our sight, but not from our hearts and memories.

Dee and Mike Manole

Ellen Koblitz

June 29, 2020

It was a total pleasure to have Marvin appear before me in Family court. What a lovely gentleman, always a smile and a joke. Such a good nature. I am so sorry he is gone. Please accept my deepest sympathy.