Bruce Samitt, 86, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on May 20, 2020 after a brief period of declining health. Bruce was born in Patchogue, NY on December 30, 1933 to Jack and Pauline (Dick) Samitt, and was raised in Newark, NJ. After high school, he served for several years in the US Army before attending college at the Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) where he obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1959. That same year, he married the love of his life, Florence (Rosengart) Samitt, to whom he was happily married for 58 years until her death in 2018. Bruce spent his entire working career at ITT Avionics, beginning as an electrical engineer and ultimately serving as a senior Vice President.
Bruce was a devoted and loving father to his three children, a beloved friend, and a longstanding and active member of his synagogue. Everything he did was done with his full attention and effort, including being a champion golfer, bowler and chess player. Later in life, he served on the board of directors of his temple, took up the game of mahjong, volunteered at his electoral polls and spent time as a crisis support volunteer for victims of domestic abuse. He was a calming and steady presence for those around him, and was frequently the voice of reason in every room.
Bruce was predeceased by his wife, Florence, and by his loving son Mark. He is survived by his children, Craig Samitt (Steven Hart) of Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Alison Samitt (Anthony Calcagni) of Falmouth, Maine; daughter-in-law, Gayle Samitt of Woodcliff Lake, NJ; grandchildren, Rachel, Danielle, Paul and Bennett; and brothers Joel Samitt (Joan) of Boca Raton, FL and Roy Samitt (Marsha) of Ocean Township, NJ.
There will be a private graveside service on Sunday May 24th, followed by a virtual memorial and shiva with family and friends that evening. Contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to Temple Beth Am in Parsippany.