November 12, 1939 – March 13, 2019
Alan Richman, of Monroe Township, NJ died on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
He was the son of Louis and Sonia Carity Richman. Born in The Bronx on November 12, 1939, he graduated from Hunter College where he was the editor of The Arrow, Hunter's student newspaper. He entered the Army in 1961 and did his basic training in Ft. Dix. After serving for six months, he was called up for an additional ten months during the Berlin crisis. He served in an MP unit in Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, where he was the editor of the post newspaper.
He coached boys and girls soccer in Marlboro Township for 30 years and served on the soccer board. He was the editor and publisher of several trade journals and worked for a short time in public relations and advertising. Additionally, he wrote several books.
He received awards for his business writing. Alan was proud to be a journalist and continued to write in retirement. He primarily worked for the New Jersey Jewish News and other trade journals in the natural products and culinary fields. He became a poet and led poetry workshops on cruise ships. He served on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Beit Shalom, Monroe Township, NJ.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Kelli Richman, two sons, Lincoln and his fiancée Shirel Gidekel, Matthew and his wife Elisa Guarino. He was grandpa to Luca, Azi, Logan and Ezra. His sister, Toby Richman of Seal Beach, CA. along with Marilyn and Al Friedes of East Brunswick, who are his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, survive him.
Donations can be made to ASPEN, which is an organization to help people on the Spectrum, located at 9 Aspen Circle, Edison, NJ 08820 or the American Heart Association.
A funeral service will be held Friday, March 15th at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, 44 Wilson Avenue, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726 followed by a committal at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095.
- Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, March 15, 2019
- Shiva Friday, March 15, 2019
- Shiva Saturday, March 16, 2019
- Shiva Sunday, March 17, 2019
- Shiva Monday, March 18, 2019
March 22, 2019
Alan was a wordsmith. There wasn't a word or phrase that didn't delight him. He wrestled with the meanings and nuances of vocabulary. He loved manipulating words to fit his needs and to get his thoughts across. As a student he didn't like poetry; as an adult, it served as another language to share his thoughts and feelings. He wrote a lot of poetry just for me. So, I will miss the banter and the genius. I will miss his thoughts on so many subjects. He was a man of letters.....all 26 of them. Thank you. Kelli Richman
March 22, 2019
The word I heard Alan speak most often was I am SORRY.
But Alan had less to be sorry for than anyone I know.
Love always as i will miss YOU,
March 21, 2019
You meant a lot to me, Alan. Consistently kind. Generous with your attention. And attentive in your listening. Thank you.
March 16, 2019
Alan was my cousin. We lived in the Bronx and both went to PS 70. We went to Sat morning movies (cartoon/feature/ serial ) together. I always think of Alan at Smchas Torah...marching around the schul with our flag and apple....
Years later I visited with Alan and Keli in New Jersey, and later still he visited with my family
in Cleveland and again in Atlanta. Through all those years he never changed-always the
nicest most pleasant SWEET is the right word; a genuine person so intelligent but so modest.
We visited on the phone briefly at New Year or pesach a bond that lasted thru eight decades.
The funeral was a sad occasion but it made me so proud of this gentle man. When his sons spoke of the great love between Alan and Keli, of his passion to write, of his best seat in the house for the Cosmos.....they hit all the right notes. I will miss you. My sincere condolences to Keli, Lincoln, and Mathew.
With much love, MO Rose
March 16, 2019
We drove all taurine vehicles through the jungles of Costa Rica together. We sailed down the Blue Danube and toured the capitols of Eastern Europe together. We basked in the sun and sipped tropical drinks while watching breaching whales on the beaches of Hawaii together. Alan Richman, we will miss you. We will never find a more caring, loving, devoted friend. We will meet again some day. With love from Linda and Arthur Budd.
Adrian and Georgiana Havill
March 14, 2019
We are so saddened to lose the kindest--and longest (1961)--friend we were lucky to have. Alan had the most generous and innate empathy for other people. Gifted with abundant, natural intelligence, he only used it to make everyone else feel like an equal. Without realizing it at the time, we all were larger and inspired by being in his proximity.
We thought so much of him and his beautiful wife, Kelli, that they were named as godparents to our firstborn, David.
His lessons will always remain with us and we will forever mourn the sweetest man we have ever known.
'mike' and chuck havill