Prosecutor’s office detectives are continuing an investigation into the death yesterday of Seymour (Sy) Yasbin, 42, former owner of the Gaslight restaurant on Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick.
Yasbin, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in woods behind Casper’s Restaurant on Route 1, appeared to have been a suicide, Police Director Robert Ward said. But First Assistant Prosecutor C. Judson Hamlin said later that the case was “not being closed out just yet. We’re still investigating.”
Detective Lt. James G. Caffrey Jr. of Prosecutor John St. Kuhlthau’s staff reported that Yasbin was shot once in the right temple and that a .32-caliber revolver was found under his body. Police also discovered $1,300 in the dead man’s pockets.
A searching party of first aid squadmen and firemen found Yasbin’s body after Patrolman Nicholas Yonko discovered his car in the parking lot of the Route 1 restaurant. Yasbin, of 944 Village Drive E., was president of Cilco Enterprises, which owns the Gaslight. But last Nov. 13 he transferred his shares of the corporation to three other officers of the company.
He was a member of the Avals Achiam Synagogue, New Brunswick, and the Jewish War Veterans, Highland Park. Surviving are his wife, the former Shirley Pavelec; two sons, Benjamin and Paul, both at home; his mother, Mrs. Lillian Daskin of New Brunswick and two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Schwartz and Mrs. Diana Goldin, both of North Brunswick.
Services will be tomorrow at noon in the Crabiel-Harding-Jamieson Funeral Home, 239 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, with Rabbi Philip Raymon officiating.
Burial will be in Washington Cemetery, South Brunswick.