CAMDEN, NJ — Since learning of the death of Steve Ravitz on Wednesday after succumbing to the novel coronavirus, members of the Camden community from all walks have extended their condolences to the family.
“Our hearts are broken on the loss of our beloved father/grandfather/brother/uncle Steve to the coronavirus,” his son, Jason Ravitz posted in an online tribute.
Ravitz, 73, ran the Ravitz Family Markets for over 40 years as the president, including the PriceRite in Camden, two ShopRites in Cherry Hill, another in Mount Laurel and a fourth in Marlton.
He died after 13 days of receiving care at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.
“This morning we received the crushing news that one of our county’s most notable boosters and business owners succumbed to the novel coronavirus,” said Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash. “This was a gut punch for me, our Board and the County because Steve and the Ravitz’s Family were always there to help residents in the most need and were always willing to provide to the underserved.”
Last month, the Ravitz family provided Camden County with $10,000 to feed seniors and those at risk in the area dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will miss his willingness to serve our region from his position with Temple Beth Sholom to his support of the arts in Cherry Hill,” Nash continued. “He was a good man who always saw the best in society.”
Ravitz, who began the family business in 1968 after working in his father’s grocery store in Philadelphia, retired as the president of Ravitz Family Markets in 2019.
He also led the Ravitz Family Foundation and served as director of the Cooper Hospital Foundation, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and Crescent Memorial Park.
“Mr. Steve Ravitz was a devoted and generous leader who contributed substantially to the wellbeing of children and families in need in South Jersey communities,” the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs in Camden said in an online tribute. “We are deeply saddened to lose an extraordinary #SouthJersey community champion.”
Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli extended condolences to the family, calling Ravitz “a good soul.”
“We extend our condolences to the Ravitz Family on the loss of their loved one...the Ravitz family of super markets have been a champion in their support of first responders,” Camden Local Fire Union #2578 said in a statement after learning of the loss. “Our prayers are with you.”
The Ravitz family has created a memorial at the corner of Springdale and Evesham Road in front of their store in Cherry Hill.
“One definitive lesson that everyone should take from the loss of Dad is that this virus is not the flu, it is far worse and if it grabs hold, it can ravage your body,” Jason Ravitz continued in an online post. “It is a deadly disease and acts indiscriminately, please please please take precautions. There is no cure or treatment guaranteed to heal anyone. Dad would not want anyone else to suffer.”