KETIVE--Samuel, born Samuel Gershon Ketive on March 26, 1942 in New York City, Sam was the son of his beloved parents Nathan and Shirley Ketive. Sam, a resident of Fort Lee, N.J. and Palm Beach, FL, passed away on March 20 after a hard fought battle with cancer, his wife Randy and daughter Kim faithfully by his side. Sam's life was remarkable for his ability to garner life-long friends and his love of sports and family. Beginning in Brant Lake Camp in the 1950's where his natural athleticism and leadership qualities made him Camper of the Year, to the Barnard School for Boys where he was an "All City" basketball star, to his years at Michigan State University and ZBT fraternity (class of 1963) Sam's friendships endured over the course of his lifetime. His friends' unwavering love and support during his illness are a testament to those longstanding relationships. Sam retired from Bellemead Development where he rose to the level of Senior Vice President. In this role, Sam was instrumental in transforming New Jersey into one of the largest office markets in thecountry. Sam also served his country in the National Guard. But above all Sam was a family man. Sam married the love of his life, the former Randy Kalikow and remained married for 43 years. They produced a loving daughter, Kimberly. Sam is survived by wife Randy, daughter Kim Sunshine, son-in-law David Sunshine, grandchildren Ella and Nate, devoted sisters Alice Rudin and Harriet Lerner, nephews Mitchell (Bonnie) Rudin, Robert (Alissa) Rudin and Jack (Amy) Lerner, niece Rebecca (Robert) Schoenberg. His wisdom, generosity and humor will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many who knew and loved him. Donations in his memory may be made to either "New York-Presbyterian Fund, Inc.," New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Office of Development, 525 East 68th Street, Box 123, New York, NY 10065 or the Andrew Dreyer Memorial Fund, c/o Brant Lake Camp, 7586 State Route 8, Brant Lake, NY, 12815. The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Sunday, March 23 at the Gutterman and Musicant Funeral Home, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ 201-489-3800.
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 21, 2014