DEAREST HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND GREAT-GRANDFATHER
Aaron Kabak, 89, passed away this past Friday, November 13, 2020 in Old Bridge surrounded by his loved ones. A viewing and Memorial Service of his life will be held at Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick on Tuesday, November 17th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. He will be interred at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Old Bridge on Wednesday, November 18 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, or the Covenant House of New Jersey.
Aaron was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on September 3, 1931, the youngest son of Joseph and Minnie Kabak. Sadly, his father died when he was an infant. During the Depression, he was raised not only by his mother, but also his older siblings, Jack Kabak and Natalie (Nettie) Butkow, all of whom are since deceased. He remembered them fondly and loved them dearly.
Most of his youth was spent in Brooklyn and Queens. Aaron attended John Adams High School in Queens where he starred as an outfielder and third baseman for the school's baseball team. In 1948, he moved with his mother to Lakewood, N.J. when she married Joseph Friedman, a stepfather Aaron respected and looked up to. He also starred for the Lakewood Piners playing third base and occasionally pitching before graduating in 1949. One of his teammates was his future brother-in-law, Thomas Johnson, currently of Levittown, PA.
After graduation, Aaron joined the Army and served at Fort Dix, Texas and Germany from 1951-1953 achieving the rank of Corporal. After being Honorably Discharged, Aaron attended and graduated from New York City Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in 1956. Prior to receiving his degree while back in Lakewood, he met the love of his life, Marilyn Johnson. Aaron and Marilyn were married on September 2, 1955 and remained extraordinarily happy during the 65 years they spent together.
The young couple first settled in Elizabeth and then moved to Drake Avenue in Roselle, where they raised their family and made life-long friends. Besides Marilyn, Aaron is survived by his son Douglas (Elisabeth McDuffie), and daughters Barbara Mullery (Richard Hauenstein), Susan Zaccaria (Thomas) and Gina Kabak Cullinane (Chris Gurdon). He is also survived by his adoring (and adored) grandchildren Melissa Mullery, Lauren Modzelewski (Robert), Drew Mullery, Matthew Kabak, Brian Cullinane, Victoria Zaccaria, Anthony Zaccaria and his beloved great-grandchildren, James Mariolis, Sabrina Niederholtmeyer and Parker Aaron Modzelewski. In 1984, Aaron and Marilyn moved to Old Bridge where they happily spent the remainder of their years together.
Early in his career, Aaron co-founded the Nan-Bar Construction Corporation. Many of Nan-Bar's buildings are still standing today. The bulk of his career was spent as a Chief Construction Estimator for Engineers, Inc. in Newark and Joseph Pizzi Construction Company in Linden. Aaron was a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators.
Aaron was well known for his generosity of spirit and good nature throughout his life. He also volunteered his time to support numerous organizations. In Roselle, he was a manager and umpire for the St. Joseph's Little League for many years. He was also a founding member of and umpire for the Girl's Athletic League (G.A.L.). In Old Bridge, Aaron and Marilyn prepared meals for Homebound. And on most Fridays for the past few decades they could be found donning aprons, preparing and serving food at Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick.
Aaron was always an active person. Besides baseball, he skied for the better part of his life and enjoyed softball well into his 70's. He could often be found playing tennis well into his late 80's. After hip surgery in 2018, one of his goals was a return to the court. At the age of 86, he succeeded.
Aaron was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was never happier than when in the presence of family and friends. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity and kindness. His legacy of love will live on in the memory of all who spent time with him. In addition to all of the above, on a personal note, New York football Giants games will never be the same.
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