Morris Spielberg, 96, of Verona died June 23, 2020. He was born in Newark to Russian immigrants Samuel and Leah Spielberg.
For over 50 years, Mr. Spielberg was the owner of Almor Furniture on Springfield Avenue in Newark. He was president of the Springfield Avenue Business Association and was one of the only businesses to stay open in Newark during the riots of the 1960s and remain in the city afterward. He worked with every elected mayor for 50 years and dedicated his time to developing and carrying out plans to rid the city of blighted areas by knocking down abandoned buildings. He was especially committed to helping the city’s youth by organizing boxing matches and providing other avenues for young people to gather.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. While flying one of 35 missions, his plane was shot down over Allied territory in France. In 2016, he was honored by the French Consulate for his contribution during World War II.
Among his interests were reading three newspapers a day, baseball, and the recitation of players’ statistics from the 1920s through the modern day; he also took classes at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
Predeceased by his sons, Ronald and Michael, he is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shelley Ashe Spielberg; a sister, Mildred Spielberg Siderman; and many nephews and nieces.
Arrangements were handled by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.