He was the father and father-in-law of Jed and Penny Kanter of Gillette, N.J. and Donnie and Rabbi Harvey Winokur of Roswell; and beloved grandfather to Iyal and Morasha Winokur. He was married to the former Sarah (Gig) Bernstein for 55 years before her death in October 2003.
A private family internment took place at Green Lawn Cemetery in Roswell.
Born July 22, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he grew up in the Bronx, where he worked in his family’s delicatessen. Mr. Kanter received a degree in physical education from Springfield College in Massachusetts and went on to complete his master’s degree at Columbia University. Mr. Kanter was a proud veteran, having served in the China-Burma-India Theatre in WWII.
After his marriage, he resided in North Plainfield, where he taught math and coached football, basketball and swimming. In 1964, he and Gig moved to Berkeley Heights, where he continued his teaching career at South Orange Junior High until his retirement. From 1963 until 2010, Mr. Kanter officiated at New Jersey state swim meets. Summers were spent as head of the waterfront at Camp Harmony and head counselor for Camp Riverbend for more than 45 years.
In August of 2010, he moved to Roswell. Mr. Kanter was an active member of Temple Sinai in Summit and Temple Kehillat Chaim in Roswell, where his son-in-law is the founding rabbi. He was a passionate advocate for individuals with special needs. A unique legacy of Mr. Kanter was his sponsorship of his grandson’s service dog, Chancer, a golden retriever who became the first certified assistance dog in the world trained to support someone with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Mr. Kanter is also survived by his sister, Natalie Holzman, and many nieces and nephews both in the U.S. and Israel. The family suggest donations be made to Special K’s – SOGA (Special Olympics of Georgia) c/o Denise Demick – Special K’s Treasurer, 170 Treadwick Drive, Atlanta, GA 30350; or a veteran’s organization of your choice. A memorial service will be held at Temple Kehillat Chaim, 1145 Green Street, Roswell, on Sun., Aug. 11, 2013 at 3 p.m. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta.