Eric Fink

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On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Eric Fink, 45, passed away while doing what he loved, jogging with his dog Tucker in South Mountain Reservation.

Eric was one-of-a-kind. He had a zest for life with a charm and sincerity that made every person he met feel special. He put family and friends above all. Eric believed that every family milestone deserved to be celebrated and honored, no matter the occasion. He was a special son, brother, husband, and uncle, but most of all, Eric was a proud father. He believed that time spent with his sons, Jordan and Ryan, was the most precious, whether it was hiking, coaching, camping, or a family road trip.

Eric was genuinely interested in every person he met. He had a unique ability to connect with people, and, within minutes of meeting for the first time, make them feel like they were long-time friends. It was no surprise that many considered Eric a best friend. He often celebrated these relationships with one of his passions, barbecuing. He would entertain family and friends, showing off his talents on the smoker, and bringing out the best in everyone. His wit and sarcasm combined with his infectious laugh mesmerized all.

One of the traits Eric was most admired for was his compassion. He was the first person to reach out when someone was in need. Not just with his family and friends, Eric believed that everyone was good and helped anyone in need, a trait he instilled in his kids.

Eric loved to hike and be outdoors. He had a passion for history, music, cooking and loved to read. But most of all, Eric loved his family, always finding reasons to get everyone together. The one thing Eric did not know is the huge impact he made on everyone he touched.

Eric grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and attended Livingston High School (Class of 1992), then went on to graduate cum laude from Lafayette College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He resided in Maplewood, New Jersey, a community Eric loved, and the home of his favorite annual event, “Maplewoodstock.”

Eric leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 17 years, Marni; two sons, Jordan and Ryan; his parents, Roslyn and Michael Fink; and two brothers, Sandy and Rob and their families.

The funeral service was held at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange.

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