Walter Kaye, 96, New York City, passed on July 26th surrounded by friends and family. Born in NYC and raised in the Bronx. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Selma Berger Kaye and his parents, Jacob and Annie Kalmanowitz, his sisters Alice Kaye Peerce and Maye Oldin, and his brother Sidney Kaye. Survived by his children, Joan Kaye Cauthorn; Howard (Wilma) Kaye, Nancy (Sylvester) Karagis; grandchildren, Jennifer (Steve) Marsden, Jill (Randy) Kohl, Darren (Shara) Bialo, Caralyn Bialo, Jacquelyn Bialo, Ross (Beth) Kaye and Robin (Carl) Amorosino; and great-grandchildren, Ayla Marsden, Siena and Jeremy Kohl, Alex and Gabrielle Amorocino and Semantha and Gabriel Kaye.
Walter started in the insurance business at the age 17. At 33, Walter Kaye Associates was formed. He was joined by Howard in 1967. The company grew into one of the premier brokerage firms in the private sector. When the business was eventually sold, it was a public company with over 500 employees in cities across the country. Walter was considered a legend in his industry. Well respected by all his peers.
In 1995, Walter was appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for New York South and held that position as Emeritus until his death. During this time, Walter dedicated numerous hours assisting our military in charitable ways. Walter was also quite active in a number of philanthropic organizations. He will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Walter Kaye’s honor to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas