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Ridgewood 'Fixture' Gary Kleinman Dies, 62

Gary Kleinman of Wyckoff.
Gary Kleinman of Wyckoff. Photo Credit: Gary Kleinman Facebook

WYCKOFF, N.J. — Gary J. Kleinman, a longtime Wyckoff resident and a senior executive with prominent real estate development and investment firms, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, Sept. 24,, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

Family and friends remember Kleinman as a fiercely loyal husband, father and friend who possessed an infectious enthusiasm and loved a good time.

A native of Hartford, Conn., Kleinman graduated in 1973 from Kingswood Oxford School, where he played on the basketball, football and baseball teams. He also played two years of basketball at Ohio Wesleyan University, from which he graduated from in 1977 with a degree in psychology.

Kleinmen worked for two years as a “diversion-of-offenders” officer with the Delaware (Ohio) County court. He spent the next two years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in city and regional planning.

He worked briefly as an economic development officer for Montgomery County, Maryland, before joining the real estate development division of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. He moved with his wife Maureen, and two daughters, Jessica and Sarah, to Wyckoff in 1996 after being transferred to MetLife’s New York office.

In September 1988, Kleinman joined AIG Global Real Estate, where he helped manage a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of real estate assets. He departed in 2007 to do similar work as an investment officer managing real estate properties at CV Starr Companies.

Kleinman and his family were fixtures in and around Wyckoff and Ridgewood-area schools, stores, restaurants and pubs. He was a long-time participant in Wyckoff Recreation’s men’s softball and basketball programs.

Predeceased by his father Albert Kleinman, he is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Maureen Curran Kleinman; two daughters, Jessica, her husband Michael Constantine, Sarah, and her fiancé Dan Melville; his mother, Frances; sister Jeanne Spinosa Glier, her husband Michael.

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