Albert (Tico) Shikiar, 85, Former Trustee, Unofficial ‘Mayor of South Orange’

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Albert (Tico) Shikiar passed away peacefully with family, at home on June 4, 2020 at the age of 85 in South Orange, New Jersey. Albert was born on February 5, 1935 in the Bronx, New York. Albert is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sue “Suki” Marsh Shikiar, son David Shikiar,of California, daughters Karen Masters and Susan Santillo, son-in-law Michael, brother Stuart Shikiar,of New York,  grandchildren Jesse, Ben, Elise, Samuel, and Matthew, stepson Adam Marsh and his wife Sara Litman.

Albert grew up in the Bronx, New York, served in the US Army, and attended Hunter College. After starting a career as a school teacher, Albert became an agency manager at The Equitable Life Assurance Society where he was one of the youngest agency managers at the time. He moved to South Orange, and started his own business, Shikiar Associates, a heath insurance consulting firm to school districts and municipalities in New Jersey. Thereafter, he founded Access Care in Livingston, New Jersey where he marketed long-term care insurance for MedAmerica until he retired at the age of 80. He served briefly on the South Orange Board of Trustees.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to build a living tribute to Albert’s life by planting trees and naming a bench at one of Jespy House’s shared homes. Please make any donations in Albert’s name to Jespy House, located at 102 Prospect Street South Orange, NJ 07079or online at

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