Jay B. Silverstein, age 61, passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday, August 4th at his home in Manalapan, NJ surrounded by his family and loved ones. Jay was born on August 4th, 1958 and raised in Queens, NY with his father Stanley, his mother Sylvia, and his sister Amy. Jay attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he met the love of his life and soulmate Kim Convicer. Just three months after meeting they were engaged to be married. Jay was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, a loving son, a caring brother, and a friend to all. He was the center of his family and was always there for anyone no matter what. He was always eager to host holiday and family meals, to lend a hand to fix anything, or to make someone laugh when needed. Jay spent his life devoted to many things but the most important were his family and his career in the food service industry.
Jay spent 30+ years of his career at Credit Suisse as their Vice President of Conference and Dining Services. He was responsible for food and conference service facilities for the America's region and a pioneer in the creation of their employee restaurant. Jay was also very involved in the hospitality and food service community. Jay stated that the pinnacle of his career was serving as the President for the Society for Hospitality and Food Service Management (SHFM) from 2002-2003. He described being on the board from 1999-2004 and then serving as president as a labor of love and an invaluable experience. He has been honored by the association several times, including the Richard Ysmael Distinguished Service Award in 2010, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, the recipient of the Silver Plate Award in 2013, the 2018 Friend of the Foundation honoree, and the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award. Jay ended his career, in a role he was so proud of, working for Compass Group as Senior Director of Quality Assurance for National Accounts utilizing his decades of expertise to make a lasting impact.
Jay is survived by his wife Kim Silverstein, his mother Sylvia Silverstein, his eldest son Corey and his wife Ashlee, his middle son Bradley and his wife Deanna, and his youngest son Sam. A memorial service will be held at The American Hotel in Freehold, NJ on Thursday, August 8th at 11:00 am. Shiva will be held at the home of the Silverstein Family at 88 Devon Drive South, Manalapan, NJ following the service until 9:00 pm Thursday, Friday 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 pm-9:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am-4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests donations to be made to the Jay B. Silverstein Scholarship Fund which will help students aspiring to make a difference in the food service industry in honor of Jay’s legacy. Donations can be made using the link: gofundme.com/jay-b-silverstein-scholarship-fund. Jay dedicated his life to making people happy through the use of food. His family would like everyone to remember Jay’s favorite words to live by, “Life is too short, eat dessert first!”
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