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Marvin H. Staiman was a man of great kindness, respect

He was an old-fashioned kind of man, the type our world really needs.

Really needs.

And so it is with deep sorrow that we are missing Marvin H. Staiman, who passed from this life earlier this year.

To say his passing has left a void would be an understatement of the loudest nature.

The fact that he is no longer among us, writing by hand notes to friends and community members alike, leaves a deafening silence.

For some, those letters represented the warmth of friendship.

To others, they represented respect.

And to untold others, those letters represented the type of quiet leadership that encouraged a person through the unwritten and unspoken message — “You’re doing a good job” — particularly where community participation is involved.

His impact was felt in ways big and small.

Through old-fashioned ways that interfaced with the modern world, Marvin deftly steered the community toward higher ground in a quiet and unassuming way.

A very modest man, Marv was behind many civic, cultural and economic development initiatives in Lycoming County — initiatives that brought people together, created opportunity, jobs and family sustaining wages.

He will be missed, for his personal touches as well as for his influence and willingness to step up for the betterment of our area.

Our community is better for Marvin’s rich involvement in local organizations that speak to human need, as well as his demonstration of a life lived in faith.

Whether it be chairing, with his beloved wife Jean, the Lycoming County United Way annual campaign, taking leadership positions in his congregation at Ohev Shalom Synagogue, or organizing and hosting the annual Israel Bonds dinner in Williamsport, Marvin gave throughout his life.

These are but a few ways.

Many have sung his praises since his passing.

Clearly, Marvin Staiman was a community pillar held in the highest regard.

Always by his side was Marv’s lovely wife, Jean, who passed away a few short months before him.

Those of us who knew and worked with these two wonderful, remarkable souls can find peace and comfort knowing they are together again.

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