Jordan Bruce Baris of Livingston died June 1, 2020. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, moving in 1952 to New Jersey and living in Newark and West Orange while raising his family. He also had lived in Maplewood.
A real estate agent, Mr. Baris founded his company, Jordan Baris, Inc., which 68 years later is still in business as Jordan Baris Real Living and led by his son, Ken.
He graduated from City College of New York.
He volunteered to enlist in the Navy, where he served in the Pacific, primarily in the Philippines, during and following the end of World War II.
He served as president of numerous chambers of commerce, real estate boards, and other civic organizations. Twice he was honored with the Realtors Community Service Award, one of very few people to be so recognized multiple times.
In the 1970s, looking to find practical, sensitive solutions to the crime problems that plagued many cities and towns, he took the initiative to form the New Jersey Coalition for Safe Communities. The coalition brought together business, labor, religious, and civic leaders to understand each other’s perspectives and developed practical solutions to reduce crime.
His primary hobby for many years was flying, and he owned a Beechcraft Bonanza, which he flew cross-country several times and locally on weekends. He also picked up tennis, which he enjoyed playing several times a week until just a few years ago.
Predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie (Cohen), in 2014, he is survived by three children, Russell, Joan Terry, and Kenneth; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.