Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels

44 Wilson Avenue, Manalapan, NJ


Bernard L. Kaplan

July 29, 1929October 6, 2019

Bernard L. Kaplan, age 90, of Monroe Township, New Jersey passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019. He was born July 29, 1929 in Paterson, New Jersey to Jacob and Rose (née Maltz) Kaplan.

Bernard is survived by his wife Sylvia Kaplan; son Stephen Kaplan and his wife Adrien; son Richard Kaplan and his wife Bonnie; daughter Myra Gildenberg and her husband Doug; brother Murry Kaplan and his wife Gloria; and 7 grandchildren: Perri, Sydney, Benjamin, Zachary, Talia, Daniel, and Jordyn.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Beth El Cemetery, 735 Forest Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652.

The period of mourning will be observed on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 following the committal at the residence of Myra and Doug Gildenberg. It will also be observed on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Avalon, 395 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM with a minyan service at 7:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernard's memory may be made to Boys Scouts of America Northern New Jersey Council, 25 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, New Jersey 07436.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bloomfieldcoopermanalapan.com for the Kaplan family.


  • Sylvia Kaplan, Wife
  • Stephen (Adrien) Kaplan, Son
  • Richard (Bonnie) Kaplan, Son
  • Myra (Doug) Gildenberg, Daughter
  • Murry (Gloria) Kaplan, Brother
  • Perri, Sydney, Benjamin, Zachary, Talia, Daniel, and Jordyn, Grandchildren

  • Boy Scouts of America Northern New Jersey Council


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Shiva Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Shiva Thursday, October 10, 2019


Bernard L. Kaplan

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Robert Sherwood

October 8, 2019

Remember the name very well and my condolences to the Kaplan family for their loss.

Paul Mazouat

October 8, 2019

Mr. Kaplan was my neighbor, Scout Master, and role model. He gave me my first job at Kaplan Cleaners along with probably dozens of Waldwick youth. He nurtured in me my life-long love and respect for the outdoors. He showed me what a kind, generous and principled man looked like. I know I’m a better man for having his influence in my life as a boy, and I imagine the same could be said for many other men, young and old. I can’t imagine a better legacy than that. May his memory be a blessing.

Jill and Rudy Wildermann

October 8, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to you Sylvia and all of your wonderful family. We could not have said anything better than what our son Frank wrote about Bernie. I made many a sandwich for the scouts, and attended meetings with the other mothers, it was a way of life that we so enjoyed.Rudy loved scouting as much as Frank did, many thanks for sharing that dedicated man with my husband and son and a million lucky boys to have known him! With Deepest Sympathy, Jill and Rudy Wildermann.

Stephen Mazouat

October 8, 2019

Bernie was a kind, generous and gentle man. I remember when he gave me my first job cutting his grass on Ridgewald Ave. He will live on in the hundreds of lives he has forever changed for the good. Paul, Laurie and I send our condolences and have made a donation to the Boy Scouts in Bernie's Honor.

Alan Zimmerle

October 7, 2019

Knew Mr Kaplan as my scoutmaster and neighbor. He was a role model for me as a scout and more importantly as a boy growing up in Waldwick. Our condolences to Rich and all of the Kaplan family

Frank Wildermann

October 7, 2019

I was a scout in Troop 308 and traveled all the way thru the ranks to Eagle. As a young boy, I recall Mr Kaplan's raspy voice, his particularly hairy legs always with socks pulled up high, and his ability to make giant pots of cream of wheat that seemed to serve hundreds. Now as a middle aged man I see him more clearly. What a powerful force he was, guiding and steering our group, our rabble of loud and busy teens and their dads. He truly was our fearless leader. I have fond memories of him upstate in the Catskills at our family farm on tubing retreats, many summers spent at Floodwood Mountain Reservation at scout camp, Monday night troop meeting at Crescent school in Waldwick where and he and his partner in crime, Mr. Rick Rickley, would teach us how to tie knots, sharpen knives, set up tents, among other skills. The two of them truly guided and supported so many of us through their kindness and knowledge and skill. I hope you find some solace in the memories you share of your dad and granddad but please know the profound impact he had on so many of us that continues to live on. He truly helped meld me into the man I am today and I am forever grateful. With heartfelt condolences - Frank Wildermann and my dad Rudolf Wildermann