Stanley M. Grossman passed away at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday April 10, 2024, surrounded by his family. Stanley led a life filled with many blessings and many achievements: Stanley was a family man, businessman, and community leader.

Ten days after his birth on January 29, 1930, his mother passed. During his childhood in spite of missing his mother’s love, Stanley made it through to that summer day in 1946, when his inferior athletic skills paid off while playing volleyball on the Atlantic City beach, when he donked Marsha Raticoff with the ball…a moment that began a long courtship and 63 years of marriage.

Stanley attended Brown University then Harvard Business School. He started out as an executive at Food Fair, only to return home to the family business due to his father’s alleged heart attack.

Stanley led Kensington Furniture for nearly 60 years. He and his brother, Buddy, worked as brothers and partners moving the store in 1967 from Kentucky and Atlantic Avenues in Atlantic City to its current location on Tilton Road in Northfield. Stanley loved Kensington and its many devoted and beloved employees. Stanley considered those who worked at the store a part of his extended work family and was always grateful for how they represented the store. He enjoyed being the face of its advertising and in his later years being the “Sleep Doctor.”

Stanley loved our community, working for the betterment of both the Jewish community and the community at large. Among his many leadership roles: President of the Jewish Federation, Chairman of the Beth Judah Building Committee, Chairman of the Board of AtlantiCare, Chairman of the Miss America Judge’s Committee, and board member of CCA Global. One of his most fun moments was in 1978, when he had the honor of organizing and being master of ceremonies of the Atlantic City Medical Center’s benefit concert by Frank Sinatra at Atlantic City’s Convention Hall.

Stanley’s greatest achievement was his marriage to Marsha and the family they created together. Each was lock step in their commitment to one another, the importance of doing things together as a family. While their children were young, there was no excuse acceptable to warrant missing nightly family dinners. From there were family trips, Shabbat dinners, sharing in everyone’s celebrations and hardships. Stanley treated and viewed his children’s spouses as if they were his own. He leaves behind his children, Mark and Anne, Jimmy and Allison, Michael and Siobhan, and Margery and Mark. Stanley and Marsha had 10 grandchildren, all of whom never ceased to amaze them and whom they never stopped showering each with love: Daniel, Noah, Emily, Sarah, Jack, Max, Aaron, Evan, Marlee, and Leo.

At the end, Stanley was blessed to be surrounded by overwhelming love because of who he was his whole life, how he showed up, and the kindness he showed all. Rest in Peace.

The family asks that contributions in his memory may be made to the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Townshipo, NJ 08205 or to the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center, c/o AtlantiCare Foundation, 1809 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

Synagogue services were held Friday April 12th at Shirat Hayam in Ventnor.  Interment followed at the Beth Kehillah Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township.


Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.