Jack Wurgaft Obituary – Death
Jack Wurgaft Obituary – Death : Jack Wurgaft passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at age 77. This is such a sad time for the family and loved ones Wurgaft has left behind. Jack Wurgaft was born on October 15, 1943 in Orange, New Jersey.
The cause of Wurgaft’s death is yet to be revealed at the time of this publication. We will make sure to update any relevant information as it unfolds.
A funeral service for Jack will be held Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10:45 AM at Temple Bnai Jeshurun – Outdoor Chapel, 1025 South Orange Ave, Short Hills, New Jersey. Following the funeral service will be a burial at 12:30 PM at King Solomon Cemetery, 550 Dwas Line Rd, Clifton, New Jersey..
Nothing prepares a person for the loss of a loved one and so at a dire time like this, we extend our warmest condolences to the family of the deceased.
Tributes and Condolences
Family, friends and loved ones have taken to their social media platforms to pour out their heartfelt condolences:
Contributions can be made in Jack’s memory to Partners for Women in Justice and fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bernheimapterkreitzman.com for the Wurgaft family.
Bob Hicks took to his Facebook page to say:
“Yesterday, Jack Wurgaft, my mentor for over 40 years and my law partner for over 30 years, suddenly passed away. I am copying below the tribute of my other mentor and partner, Ken Javerbaum”.
From Ken Javerbaum:
“It is with deep shock and a profound sense of loss that I share my thoughts on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and co-founder of our firm, Jack Wurgaft.
Jack and I met as fraternity brothers at Rutgers in 1961 and re-connected upon his graduation from law school in 1968. After practicing at different firms, gaining experience, and developing our legal skills, we formed our partnership in 1978. As partners and friends, we not only sustained but deepened our relationship while developing both a clientele and a reputation for excellence within the legal community. This, together with our designation as Civil Trial Attorneys in the first year of the certification process, fostered the growth of our firm over more than four decades.
Jack was a consummate gentleman: personable, engaging, and meticulous. He was a lawyers’ lawyer. He loved the practice of law, the art of lawyering and the collegiality of the profession.
No lawyer in NJ was more respected and highly regarded than Jack. His commitment to elevating the reputation of a primarily personal injury practice was manifest by his participation and leadership in countless bar activities. He served as a mentor and example to many younger lawyers both within and outside our firm.
A frequent lecturer at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Jack was also a Charter Master of the Richard J. Hughes Inns of Court and served as President of the NJ Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He received numerous accolades and recognitions. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America, as well as the Top 100 Lawyers in NJ in Super Lawyers. In addition to special recognition by the American Association for Justice and the Trial Attorneys of NJ, Jack was also recognized by the Union County Bar Association as Professional Lawyer of the Year. Yet another testament to his integrity and respect in the legal community was his selection as Chairman of the Union County Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.
Jack was an extraordinary trial lawyer. Always dapper and self-possessed, he captivated and commanded every courtroom in which he appeared. He earned the universal respect of clients, colleagues, adversaries, and the judiciary.
Our partnership transcended the firm and our families shared numerous life milestones and holidays together.
I WAS SO PROUD TO BE HIS PARTNER FOR 40 YEARS.
Jack was much more than an outstanding lawyer. He was a consummate family man; a devoted husband to Ruth, a beloved father to Emily and Matt, and a loving grandfather to Lily and Nate. He was so looking forward to the birth of his new granddaughter. Jack and Ruth enjoyed extensive travel with both friends and family and had just begun to sample the retirement benefits of their Florida home. Their wide circle of friends will be greatly diminished by Jack’s absence.
Jack’s legacy as a lawyer and as a person will leave an indelible imprint on all who knew him. His impact on our firm will be lasting. May his memory be a blessing”.