In Memory


 Joel Louis Pitman of Morris Township, N.J., formerly of Livingston, N.J., died peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 13, 2011, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. The memorial service will be at Bernheim Apter Funeral Home, 68 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, N.J., on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The family will observe a period of mourning at the family home through Thursday evening. Joel was born in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 19, 1937, was raised in Irvington, N.J., and graduated from Irvington High School in 1954. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1958, and was a 1961 graduate of Rutgers Law School. He served in the United States Army in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. Joel was admitted to the New Jersey and United States District Court bars in November 1961. He was a certified civil trial attorney and was a successful trial attorney, representing clients in personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice cases. Joel served as chairman of the Union County Ethics Committee for several years. He was co-founder and partner of the law firm of Pitman, Mindas, Grossman, Lee, and Moore. He was a member of the N.J. State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association and Union County Bar Association. Joel was an avid sports enthusiast and a lifelong New York Giants football fan. He was heartbroken when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to L.A. After retiring he enjoyed writing short stories as a hobby. He lectured on famous trials. He was an avid reader and a film enthusiast. He closely followed politics and relished a good political discussion. Most importantly he gloried in his family: his wife of 49 years, his children and grandchildren. Joel is survived by his wife, Wilma (nee Bernhaut) and his daughters, Susan Kinney of Easton, Pa., and her husband Joe, Abby Smith of Johannesburg, South Africa, and her husband, Anthony, and Carey Pitman of New York. N.Y. He leaves his adoring grandchildren, Annelise, Alexis, and Jacob; his beloved brother, Bruce Pitman, and sister-in-law, Lucille, and their two daughters, Dana and Jennifer. Joel is fondly remembered by scores of friends and extended family members. Contributions can be made in his memory to the Muhlenberg College Hillel at 2400 West Chew St., Muhlenberg, Pa. 180104, or the Thomas Glasser Caregiver Center at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. 

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