Marvin Grode passed away Monday April 22nd at the age of 85. Born on April 5, 1934, Marvin was an Albany resident most of his life and had been residing in Boynton Beach, Florida the last 19 years.
Marvin is survived by his wife Miriam Grode of 62 years. Married to Miriam Grode for over 62 years. He also leaves his 2 daughters, Jill Goldfine and her husband Howard of Richmond, Virginia and Roberta Berkowitz and her husband Ned of Bolton Landing, NY and New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Marvin was in the commercial food service equipment business for over 60 years, and had been owner of H. Horton & Company. He was a 25-year member of the NYS University Advisory Committee at Cobleskill, Syracuse China President’s Committee and nationally called upon and recognized for his design and consulting work in places such as The Blair House in Washington DC. He developed kosher kitchens at Cornell University as well as some correctional facilities.
Marvin also developed and designed ski resorts, cafeterias, restaurants and other recreational establishments.
Marvin spent the last 15 years of his career - into the age of 80 running his own consulting business- working with architects and commercial food service directors –advising and designing government agencies, cafeterias, hospital kitchens for patients, food prep and cafeterias for medical staff, commissaries at colleges as well as nursing homes, jails and penitentiaries. Marvin was a former member of Temple Israel in Albany and a current member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. Marvin spent many years on the board of the Jewish Federation. He was an active member of both Shaker Ridge Country Club as well as the Colonie Country Club where he served 2, 4 year terms on the Advisory Committee at Colonie.
Marvin was a very active member of his community, The Cascades, in Boynton Beach, Florida. He also spent many years as an active board member of the master board as well as board member and treasurer of Wedgewood.
Spending many years as an Active Board member of the Master Board as well as a board member and treasurer of Wedgwood.
Marvin received his certification and training to become a driver for the C.O.P program for The Cascades which he enjoyed doing for years and was a volunteer for “We Care”.
Until recently, Marvin continued to enjoy playing and watching tennis and golf and especially playing bridge and poker with his friends.
Marvin also leaves his adoring grandchildren, Brett Goldfine Alana Goldfine-Irby (Creston), Jessica and Michael Berkowitz. Marvin also leaves beloved sister and brother in laws as well as nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Marvin will be held at the Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach, Florida at 12 noon on May 10th Those wishing to remember Marvin in a special way may make a memorial contribution to the Trust Bridge, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407, Congregation Beth Emeth, Rabbis Discretionary Fund, 100 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208 or LGA, Lake George Association 2392 State Route 9 PO Box 408, Lake George, New York 12845
Marvin was a special man, honored, adored and loved by so many, a gem, a gentleman, a mensch and treasure to us all.