Reverend Dr. Solomon J. Tivade, 84, of Chatham, NJ passed away on October 31, 2018. A funeral service will be held at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main St. in Chatham on Monday, November 5th at 10am. Interment will follow at Fair Mount Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. in Chatham on Sunday, November 4th from 4 to 8pm.
Rev. Dr. Solomon J. Tivade was Born in Kothali, India; son of a Presbyterian minister, Jivanrao and Vitabai Tivade, youngest of seven siblings. Rev. Dr. Tivade came to the United States in 1971 and resided in Princeton, before moving to Madison and then settling in Chatham in 1979. Rev. Dr. Tivade’s extensive schooling began at the Ahmednager Christian College and then at University of Poona and Karnatak University in India where he received a bachelors degrees in education. Rev. Dr. Tivade then obtained a master’s degree in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Drew University, and a Doctor of Theology from Temple Baptist College. Rev. Dr. Tivade also held a professional degree of Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Before coming to the United States, Rev. Dr. Tivade taught social studies and English in Belgaum, India for 12 years and created a literary magazine designed to foster dialogue between Christians and Hindu intellectuals. Thereafter, he held the position of Director of Christian Education at a Christian High School for 10 years. After settling in the United States, Solomon began working at the Market Street Mission in 1974 as a Counselor and in 1978 until the early 1990’s was Chaplain and Director of Counselling. In 1991, Rev. Dr. Tivade founded National Association of Asian Indian Christians in the USA, a non-profit organization. From 1994 until he retired in 2004, Rev. Dr. Tivade served as Minister at the Reformed Church of America in Jersey City. After retirement, Solomon re-entered the workforce in 2005 as a Clinical Supervisor for drug and alcohol counselors at Gateway Foundation Corrections in Annandale until 2012. The Reverend Dr. also ran his own company, New Reality Counseling, where he taught board-certified courses in CADC/LCADC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling.
Rev. Dr. Tivade was the beloved husband of Sunita. He was the loving father of Margaret Tivade-Silecchia and her husband Edward, and Joseph Tivade and his wife Anna. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Militsu, Joseph, Aarun, Matthew, Joshua, and Abigail as well as many loving relatives. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rev. Dr. Tivade’s memory may be given at the funeral in cash or check made out to cash or Joseph Tivade and sent to his son at 18 University Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928 to support the ongoing ministry at Rev. Jivanrao Tivade Memorial Church in Kothali, India.