Gary Silverstein

Gary Scott Silverstein

Friday, May 20th, 1955 - Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
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Gary Scott Silverstein, age 65, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, passed away Wednesday January 20th at Temple University Hospital due to complications with the COVID-19 virus.

Gary was born May 20, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY. As a child, Gary’s family lived in Brooklyn and Chicago and finally settled in North Miami Beach, Florida where he spent a childhood riding bikes, playing football in the street outside his family’s home, and hanging around town with his friends. He loved telling stories about his time spent there. He graduated from North Miami Beach High School.

After high school, Gary worked in various jobs until his love of country led him to joining the United States Air Force in 1976 as an Air Traffic Controller. In the Air Force, Gary was able to see the world. He was stationed in places like Aviano, Italy; Incirlik, Turkey; and Spangdahlem, Germany (where he met his wife of 28 years, Donna), as well as many other places stateside. Gary served in the Gulf War while stationed at Incirlik, Turkey. He retired in 1998.

After retirement from the Air Force, he worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Trenton-Mercer Tower from 2000 – 2002, and then worked as a contractor with the Federal Aviation Administration at the William J. Hughes Technical Center until 2009.
Given the gift of life, Gary was the recipient of donor lungs. In 2016, Gary had a double lung transplant and enjoyed spending time getting to know his donor, Duncan Heidler’s, family. He was so thankful for their incredible generosity and the opportunity to spend more time with the people he loved most, his family.

Gary enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren. He loved watching old movies and tv shows, Dolphins and Hurricanes football, and Red Sox baseball. An avid guitar player, he relished a good jam session with old friends.
Gary is predeceased by his mother, Deborah Silverstein (nee Bender); his father, Larry Silverstein and his loving step-mother, Phyllis Silverstein (nee Glass).

Gary is survived by his wife of 28 years, Donna (nee Hitchcock); his sons, Jeremy Silverstein (Katie), Matthew Flamensfeld (Audrey), and Lucas Silverstein; his daughters, Meredith Flamensfeld (Anthony Primodie) and Francesca Silverstein; his grandchildren Layla, Peyton, Isis, Lucia, Jaxton, Jovie, and Anthem; his brother, Steven Silverstein (Kelly); his sister Randee Silverstein; as well as countless members of extended family and friends.

Gary will have a graveside service with Military Honors on Sunday January 24, 2021 at 1:00pm at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, located in Estell Manor Park, 109 NJ-50, Estell Manor, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary's memory to the American Lung Association or to the memorial fund of Gary's lung donor: Duncan Heidler Memorial Fund, 417 Summerhill Rd., Berwick, PA 18603.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be having a gathering after the services. We hope that you will join us for a Celebration of Life to be planned at a future date.
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  • Graveside Service With Last Salute Military Honors

    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 1:00pm
    Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery
    Route 50
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  • Interment

    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 |
    Sunday, January 24th, 2021
    Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery
    109 Blvd. Route 50 (Lat. 39.3878, Long. -74-7380)
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Marie DeRosa Giordano

Posted at 06:10pm
Condolences to Donna and family our your loss.

Paula DiGiovanni

Posted at 03:02pm
We are truly devastated, he was such a great guy. We will MISS him very much. our memories are all we have now, god bless you gary, you are no longer suffering . rest in peace.

Elizabeth Previti

Posted at 09:29am
Heart felt condolences to Donna and family. Donna & Gary made me welcome as one of the family. Gary you will be missed, the Lord has welcomed you with opened arms. You have definitely earned your wings my friend ❤️🌹🙏. May God Bless and Guide Donna through this time of healing. I know in my heart you will be with her and guiding her. 🌹🌹🌹

Beckie Williams

Posted at 09:54pm
We were so honored to meet Gary and Donna at Duncan's Memorial Golf Tournament and to have Gary blow out the candles on Duncan's birthday cake was more than we could of asked for. I am so sad that we won't get to make more memories. My heart and thoughts are with you all. I am sure he was a really fun guy to be around. Sending all my love.

Kristin Miller

Posted at 09:01pm
My deepest condolences to all your loved ones you leave behind. Your kindness over the years to me and my daughter will forever be remembered, as will your love for my sister Donna, Meredith and Matthew and all your grandbabies. I am imagining you being with your mom and Layla, sitting in your chair chewing on hard Werther's candies and watching The Big Bang Theory and laughing your butt off. I was fortunate to be able to get one final text in with you the night before you were put on the ventilator and I am so grateful that I did. I will miss you, G, and know that you are no longer in pain and resting in peace. Love, Kris, Darryl and Brittany.

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