In Remembrance of Edward Novick
Edward NovickClarks Summit, PA April 11, 1936 ~ December 27, 2011 Date of Service: December 28, 2011
Edward Novick, 75, of Clarks Summit died early Tuesday morning at Moses Taylor Hospital. He was the loving husband of Roberta Novick for 53 years.
Born in Jersey City, NJ, son of the late Joseph and Sophie Novick, Ed received his BS degree from Lowell Technological Institute and his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Moving to Scranton in 1964, he founded Novick Chemical Company, a highly successful industrial chemical distribution company, which he ran for over 40 years. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Kania School of Business at the University of Scranton.
A leader in the Scranton Jewish community and a passionate advocate for Jewish education, Israel and the elderly, Ed’s accomplishments and accolades are numerous.
He founded the Scranton Talmud Torah, an afternoon Hebrew school and after that led a group of influential community leaders under the auspices of the Jewish Federation in the establishment of the Hillel Academy, a community Hebrew school where he served as Chairman of the Board for seven years.
Receiving the Shalom Young Leadership Award, Ed served as President of the Officers Association of the Jewish Community Center. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Israel and the Scranton Hebrew Day School and briefly served as Chairman of the United Jewish Campaign of 1982. In 2012 Ed was to have assumed the role of President of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania where he currently was Administrative Vice President and Chair of the Investment Committee. He also served as Vice President of the Foundation for the Jewish Elderly.
Among Ed’s most visible and satisfying accomplishment was his work with the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania where he served as President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Renovation Committee. Together with his wife Bobbi and Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus, Executive Director of the Home, Ed led an extensive seven year refurbishing and modernization effort in which a new addition was completed and the entire building updated, reconfigured and redecorated.
Most recently, Ed played a pivotal role in the establishment of Chabad’s Jewish Discovery Center where he and his wife were honorees of the organization’s Gala Dinner in 2008. Rounding out his life, Ed also served as a Treasurer and Vice President of Glen Oak County Club.
A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend Ed will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. In addition to his wife Bobbi, he is survived by his daughter Lauri Novick and her husband Geoffrey Dann; his son Stephen Novick and his wife Jackie; 4 grandchildren Rebecca, Emily, Avery and Natalie and countless admirers from all walks of his precious life.
The funeral will be held today at 10:00 A.M. in the Carlucci- Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, NJ. Shiva will be observed at the Novick home, 1003 Chapin Drive, Clarks Summit tonight from 7 -9 p.m., Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Friday 1-3 p.m., Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chapel Fund at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania 1101 Vine St, Scranton, 18510 or the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton 18510