BARRY KAYE
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KAYE--Barry and Carole. Barry Kaye, an American original, beloved husband, parent, grand and great-grandparent died April 21, 2020 at age 91. He changed the way Life Insurance was perceived and marketed, and will be remembered as a philanthropist, innovator, and marketing savant, with an outsized personality and passion for everything he did - especially in his ability to love and give generously. Carole Kaye, Barry's inspiration, beloved wife, parent, grand and great-grandparent died Sunday, April 26, 2020, just five days after Barry at age 87. She was a dynamic individual, businesswoman, miniature collector, philanthropist, and partner in everything Barry accomplished. He always said that, "without her there would be no Barry Kaye." She created a life for her and her family that she imagined in her dreams. Both died after complications from COVID-19. Carole and Barry had a 58-year love affair and are mourned by their children Fern (and Lenard) Tessler, Alan (and Michelle) Kaye, Howard (and Andrea) Kaye, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are also mourned by Barry's son Rory Kaye and were pre- deceased by Barry's son, Ronald Kaye. Carole was predeceased by her sister, Gloria Golison, first husband Paul Littman and is also mourned by the surviving Littman families. A native New Yorker, Barry dropped out of high school to begin a career as a radio and TV personality. He was recognized as one of the top ten disc jockeys in the country during the mid-50's. Barry entered the Life Insurance business in 1962 and was an immediate success, setting a record for production for a first-year agent. In 1968 he established Barry Kaye Associates and in 1999 expanded from Los Angeles to Boca Raton. His innovative uses of life insurance earned him a reputation for creativity and his financial acumen resulted in astonishing success in his field. His full-page ads and original TV commercials promoted his innovative and yet straight-forward ideas that changed insurance marketing across the country. He authored seven books about his financial ideas and his positive outlook on life (Live Rich). He cherished knowledge and read everything he could about finance, marketing, and positive thinking. He was proud to have passed his high school equivalency test, receive his professional degree as a Chartered Life Underwriter, and was ultimately rewarded with an honorary Doctorate from Florida Atlantic University. Carole was born in Somerville, New Jersey, and dreamed of a more glamorous life on Fifth Avenue in New York City. After raising a family, she worked as a partner with Barry planning each step of his career. She was responsible for hiring sales associates for their successful insurance agency, had a short and successful career selling real estate, and ultimately created The Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures; the largest contemporary miniature museum in the world! Carole loved miniatures partly because she could create any world she wanted, just as she created the life that she dreamed of instead of living the small-town life she was born into. She reveled in spending the last portion of her life living in the Plaza Hotel. She dreamed of living life like a Cary Grant movie, always wanting to present herself and live a life surrounded by beauty and grace - and she did. Both Carole and Barry were generous, motivated and forces of nature who lived the lives they imagined. Charity was a large part of their lives and they have been recognized for their generosity to City of Hope, The Music Center, the Whitney Museum, Lupus LA, Ben Gurion University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Florida Atlantic University, Israel Bonds, and many more. Perhaps Barry's greatest joy came from walking near his New York City home with cash to give to anyone down on their luck that he passed. Carole and Barry will be remembered forever, deep in the hearts of our family and the many people they touched. A memorial will be held Tuesday at 3pm EST via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81717089866?pwd=dnBaaC9iMFdDZTJMdTZqby8rbXZhdz0 9 Meeting ID: 817 1708 9866 Password: 018512. Contributions may be made in their honor to the COVID-19 Fund at NY Presbyterian Hospital (give.nyp.org), Lupus LA (lupusla.org), or any charity meaningful to you. Donors will be recognized with a copy of Barry's motivational best-seller, Live Rich...he would have liked that!


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Published in New York Times on Apr. 28, 2020.
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June 26, 2020
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Jane Panetta
May 25, 2020
We (my wife and I) met Mr. Kaye while walking by the Plaza where he was sunning in his wheelchair, accompanied by his nurse. We struck up a conversation that lasted quite a while and ranged over a surprising range of topics. He was warm, engaging and listened as well as he spoke. It was a chance encounter with a memorable individual. May they rest in peace together.
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May 19, 2020
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Leonard Lauder
May 1, 2020
I enjoy the 6 years worked for you
Lisette Michaud
April 30, 2020
So very sorry to hear this sad news.
If they had a choice, togetherness would have been it!
We had many wonderful times with them.
Please know that I'm thinking of you and how proud they were of you!!
Audrey Larman
April 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joyce Howard
April 30, 2020
I met Barry at a very difficult time in my life in the early 80's - he was larger than life for sure and had a heart even bigger. We only had 2 meetings but he changed my life forever.
Your thirst for life and people will never be forgotten -
Thank you, Barry, Rest In Peace
Phil Murphy
Phil Murphy
April 29, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of the most magnificent couple that we had the privilege to know. We met Carole and Barry at the Friars, immediately took to one another, and became good friends. We will miss them very much.
Evelyn & Jack Pesso
April 29, 2020
This was very shocking news! Ive been serving breakfast to Barry and Carole Kaye for 10yrs. They were always very kind and generous, they will be missed in The Palm Court @ The Plaza Hotel NYC RIP
Mary
Acquaintance
April 29, 2020
Barry's was a master communicator and fierce advocate for life insurance. He left his mark on our industry and will never be forgotten. A legend.
Ken Samuelson
April 29, 2020
The miniatures world has lost two great lights. Thank you for your creativity and excitement. Barry and Carole,you are missed.
Laurie Sisson
April 28, 2020
My mother Carole Katz and I are so sorry to hear about their passing. I remember them well from La Costa and my parents always enjoyed being with them.
Renee Katz Mann
April 28, 2020
My condolences to the Kaye family. Barry was larger than life and an amazing man. He will be missed by many, and leaves an amazing legacy of family and clients.
howard sharfman
April 28, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Kaye family. I can still remember my first meeting with Barry as if it was yesterday. He inspired me some 25 years ago and thousands of others!
Dean Marco
Coworker
April 28, 2020
carol was the most interesting and dynamic person to ever be involved in miniatures. i will miss them both.
ronald hubble
April 28, 2020
Words cannot express how sorry I am to read this. Both Barry & Carole where my first employer and taught me how to strive and grow in the insurance industry. I will always be grateful for their guidance both personally & professionally.
Valerie Cantone
April 28, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of their passing. They were supportive of my miniature room settings when they had their museum and really a joy to know. A true Auntie Mame was Carole!
Brooke Tucker
April 28, 2020
Carole and Barry were wonderful long-time patrons of our work who also became friends. Their generous support for miniaturists worldwide culminated in The Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures in LA, a fabulous showcase for the very best antique and contemporary miniatures. Socialising with them as a duo was always fun and energising. Vale both.
Kevin and Susie Mulvany and Rogers
April 28, 2020
Carole and Barry Kaye were an extraordinary beloved couple who will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know them. They had a presence and a glow about them that shone on everyone they touched...my condolences to their family... Yetta Bregman
April 28, 2020
Carole and Barry were our dear friends and some of the most exciting times in our lives were in their company To say Im devastated by their loss is an understatement my heartfelt sympathy To their wonderful family Phyllis Rosenstock
Phyllis Rosenstock
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April 28, 2020
Your parents/grandparents set an unforgettable example for innovation and generosity for generations to come. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Barb and Marvin Leventhal
April 27, 2020
My dear Uncle Barry and Aunt Carole, I love you and will miss you forever.
Stephen Winter
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