Wakefern Leader Steve Ravitz Passes
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
NEW JERSEY - It is with a heavy heart we report that a Board Member for Wakefern Food Corp and an Owner of five ShopRite stores in New Jersey passed this past Tuesday night. Ravitz served on the Board of Directors of Wakefern Food Corp for 27 years before retiring in 2015.
The Ravitz family issued a statement, sharing, “We are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved father and friend Steve Ravitz, the patriarch who guided our family business, Ravitz Family Markets, for 40 years.”
Steve Ravitz, who had retired as President of the Ravitz Family Markets in 2019, started the family business in 1968 after working in his father’s grocery business in Philadelphia. He also headed up the Ravitz Family Foundation, which funded programs for needy children in South New Jersey, including Camden.
Ravitz passed the leadership of the family company to his sons Jason, Shawn, and Brett, last year when he retired, the family noted in the statement.
He is survived by sons Shawn, Jason, Brett, and David; his daughter, Remy Strause; daughters-in-law Debbie Ravitz and Lauren Ravitz; son-in-law Brett Strause; his brother, Ron Ravitz; and eight grandchildren.
We at AndNowUKnow express our deepest condolences and our hearts go out to Steve Ravitz’s family and loved ones.