Spring Lake resident Eugene Melody, a longtime resident of Hazlet, passed away Thursday, April 24 at Kensington Manor, Toms River.
He was 83 years old.
Mr. Melody had been employed as an ironworker with Ironworker’s Local No. 11, Bloomfield, for 25 years and after retiring from there he went on to become the Director of Public Works for Monmouth County for 10 years, retiring in 1988.
He was a graduate of Belleville High School and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII receiving a Purple Heart for wounds incurred in action on August 5, 1944 near Laval, France.
Born in Trenton, he had lived in Hazlet for 42 years before moving to Spring Lake five years ago. He was a lifelong Democrat and had served as the Democratic Municipal Chairman for Hazlet, and he also belonged to the Monmouth County Democratic Party, and had served as the Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1976. He was a former communicant of St. Benedict’s Church, Holmdel and since moving to Spring Lake, was a communicant of St. Rose Church, Belmar. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Dolores Bartley Melody; his children, Eugene J. Melody Jr., of Aberdeen, Kyle Melody, of Little Egg Harbor, Marylynn Dorsey, of Bradley Beach, and Diane and husband, Thomas Devine, of the Allenwood section of Wall Township; his sister, Esther DeChant, of Toms River; and eight grandchildren, Eugene III and his wife, Denise, Danielle, Michael, Timothy, Katelyn, Mary Ellen, Thomas, and Patrick.
Committal will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, 07834.
O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, was in charge of the arrangements.
Judge James M. Bell
Cranford and Sea Girt resident Judge James M. Bell, a Cranford municipal judge for 30 years, died Sunday, April 27 at his home in Sea Girt.
He was 72 years old.
A native of Elizabeth, Judge Bell lived the past 43 years in Cranford, establishing his own law practice in 1983. Prior to that time, he served as partner in the Newark firm Nolan, Lynes, Bell and Moore. Judge Bell was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School, Elizabeth; St. Michael’s College, New Mexico; and Fordham Law School, New York. He received an athletic scholarship to St. Michael’s and was later inducted into St. Patrick’s Hall of Fame.
Judge Bell served on numerous civic, religious, and charitable organizations, including as chairman of the St. Patrick’s High School Alumni Association, Raphael’s Life House Board of Trustees, St. Michael’s Church [Cranford)] Board of Trustees, The United Way, March of Dimes, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Courts, numerous municipal committees and many other charitable causes. For his service, he was honored by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick as “Union County Irishman of the Year” in 1997.
Judge Bell was an avid golfer and member of the Suburban Golf Club, as well as a two-time runner of the New York City Marathon. He was a man devoted to work, sport, and his front porch in Sea Girt, where he smoked his trademark cigar, sipped on a Martini and engaged in continuous banter with his family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Mollie Flynn Bell, and a brother, George Bell.
He is survived by his children, Timothy Bell and his wife, Wendy, of Costa Rica, Katherine Bell Kelly and her husband, Bill, of Neptune, Megan Phillips, of Manasquan, and Michael Bell, of California; his former wife, Mary Foxwell, of Wall; his sisters, Sheila Bell Campbell, of Cranford, and Peggy Bell O'Brien and her husband, James, of Sea Girt; his grandchildren, Teegan Phillips, James Bell, and Liam and Devon Kelly; his beloved nephews and nieces, Kevin, James, Thomas, Patrick and Brian Campbell, Cathleen Ferns and Maura Campbell, David, Sean, and Elizabeth Bell, and Brendan O'Brien and Deirdre Spiropolous; his cousins in America and Ireland; and his many loyal friends and colleagues.
Viewing hours will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield.
The funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday from the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s R.C. Church, Cranford.
Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jim’s favorite charity, St. Patrick's High School, 221 Court St., Elizabeth, 07206.
Manasquan resident Nicholas G. Colline passed away Saturday, April 26 at Waterford Glen in Wall.
He was 91 years old.
Mr. Colline was born in Stamford, Conn., and lived most of his life in Philadelphia before moving to Manasquan over 25 years ago. He was a tool and die maker by trade, retiring from Yale and Towne in Philadelphia after many years of employment. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, where he sang in the choir. After his retirement, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Janet Grindlay, in 2006.
Surviving are his sons, Frank and Marieann Conover, of Spring Lake Heights, and John and Pat Colline, of Philadelphia, Pa.; a daughter, Frances Palicki, of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sisters, Lucille Carver and Evelyn McCloskey; five grandchildren, Kim, Todd, Eric, Meghan and Stephanie; four great-grandchildren, Lee, Jason, Keri and Alec; and and many loving nieces and nephews.
Entombment was held in Atlantic View Cemetery, Wall.
Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan, was in charge of the arrangements.
Richard J. Newman
Allenwood section of Wall resident Richard J. Newman passed away Friday, April 25 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick.
He was 82 years old.
Richard was a lifelong resident of Wall and a graduate of Manasquan High School. Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 19, 1945, and served in the European Theater of Operations with the 71st and 1st Infantry Divisions until his discharge on Oct. 21, 1946. He enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard on Sept. 4, 1947, and was commissioned a second lieutenant on Nov. 2, 1951. He served with the 250th Quartermaster Battalion, later the 250th Supply and Transport Battalion, which he commanded before being reassigned as G4, 50th Armored Division. In August 1976, he was promoted to colonel and was appointed director of support services, New Jersey Department of Defense. He served in several staff positions, culminating as the state logistics officer for the New Jersey Army National Guard. Richard was a loyal and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, of whom he was so proud. He was a rare individual who shared his kind words and patient manner with all his friends and acquaintances.
Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley M. [Emer] Newman. He is also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy K. and Valerie Newman, of Howell; a daughter, Tracy Newman, of Brick; and four grandchildren, Christopher Anodide, Rebecca Anodide, Timothy R. Newman and Meredith Newman.
Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Allenwood Church, 3109 Atlantic Ave., Allenwood, 08720. Condolences and memories can be e-mailed from www.orenderfamilyhome.com.
Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, was in charge of the arrangements.
Manasquan resident Hazel McClain passed away Tuesday, April 29 at Sunnyside Manor where she was cared for, for the past four years.
She was 93 years old.
Born in New York City, to Lily and Willy Stephens. Before retiring to New Jersey in 1968, Hazel and her husband Harold lived in the Inwood Section of Manhattan, where they were parishioners of Good Shepard Catholic Church. In 1973 Hazel and Harold moved to Wall and enjoyed watching their seven grandchildren grow up. They were the “Best Grandparents.”
Hazel was one of a kind and a lot of fun, her and her husband were experts at dancing “the Peabody.”
Hazel was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 wonderful years, Harold “Sonny,” in 1987.
Hazel was a devoted mom and grandma. She is survived by her daughter, Judy and her husband, John Byrne, of Manasquan; seven grandchildren, Suzanne and her husband Rich Dunlevy, of Spring Lake Heights, Matthew Byrne and his wife, Megan, of Lake Como, Stephen Byrne and his wife, Kelly, of Wall, Charlene and her husband, Mario Perrotte, of Cranford, Sharon Byrne and her fiancÚ, Joe Borio, of Brick, Eileen Byrne, of Manasquan, and Maureen Byrne, of Quincy, Mass.
Visiting will be held Friday from 9:30-11:15 a.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, Highway 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered Friday at 11:45 a.m. at St. Denis Church, Manasquan. Burial will follow at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Embracing Hospice, 2101 Highway. 34 South, Suite B Wall, 07719.
George B. Cain
Manasquan resident George B. Cain died on Wednesday, April 23 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
He was 77 years old.
Mr. Cain was the president and owner operator of Liner Systems/Cover Systems Inc. in Fairfax, Va. for many years before retiring in 1997. He also acted as a consultant for the company until his passing.
He was a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955. Mr. Cain was a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood. He received his bachelors from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. and was a member of the Kappa Alfa Fraternity.
Mr. Cain served as chairman of the County Committee of Manasquan. He was past president of the Manasquan Republican Club. He was a member of the St. Mark’s Choir and the St. Mark’s Holy Name Society in Sea Girt. He also was a member of the American Legion in Spring Lake post no. 432. Mr. Cain also actively volunteered for Right to Life within the catholic community.
He was born in Summit and lived in Maplewood, Albany, N.Y., Cedar Grove, back to Maplewood, and then Dallas, Texas, Naperville, Ill., Cherry Hill, Ridgefield, Conn. and Alexandria, Va., before moving to Manasquan 11 years ago.
Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years Jean S.; two sons, Christopher and his wife, Mary, of Redlands, Calif., and Peter and his wife, Joyce, of Fairfax, Va.; four daughters, Melanie C. Vinci and her husband, Frankie, of Danbury, Conn., Lisa C. Pepin and her husband, Lee, of Ridgefield, Conn., Sallie C. Parker and her husband, Billy, of Partlow, Va., and Mary Jo C. Wentzel and her husband, Greg, of Woodbridge, Va.; his sister, Carolyn Iliff-Willen, of East Orleans, Mass.; 14 grandchildren, Kathleen, Emily, Paul, Peter, Hope, Juliana, Kimberly, Kurt, Brian, Sara, James, Katie, Melissa, Jeremy; a great-grandson, Matthew; sisters-in-law, Linda and Ruth Sharkey; and seven nieces and nephews.
Burial will be at St. Anne’s Cemetery, in Wall. Donations may be made to the Manasquan First Aid Squad, 65 Broad St., Manasquan, 08736 or to the NJ Right to Life Committee.
Spring Lake Heights resident Michael William Clayton passed away Monday, April 28 at his residence.
He was 44 years old.
Michael was a self-employed handyman in the Shore area for many years. Born in Long Branch, he had lived in Neptune, Belmar and then in Spring Lake Heights for the past 20 years. He was a graduate of Holy Innocents School, Neptune and St. Rose High School, Belmar. He was also a communicant of St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake.
Surviving are his parents, Lionel E. and Mary Ann Murray Clayton, of Wall; his daughter, Kimberly E. Clayton, of Spring Lake; his son, Joseph Michael Clayton, of Los Angeles, Calif.; his maternal grandmother, Helen Murray, of Colts Neck; his sister, Kathleen M. Clayton, his brother and his wife, Timothy J. and Lisa Clayton, all of Wall; and his niece and nephew, Caitlin E. and Timothy Patrick Clayton, both of Wall.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Catharine’s RC Church, Spring Lake. No prior visitation will be held.
Burial will follow in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Wall. Arrangements are under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home, Highway 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall.
Wall Township resident Gregory F. Collins passed away Thursday, April 17 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center after a very brief illness.
He was 61 years old.
Greg was born in Neptune, grew up in Freehold, and then moved to Wall Township in 1980.
He was a member of the second graduating class of Christian Brothers Academy. He then went on to Seton Hall University where he became student body president and pledge master of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, before graduating in 1968. Immediately after graduation, Greg was an elementary school teacher for Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, in Neptune City. Greg began his 34 year career at Harris Upham and later went on to become a Certified Financial Planner and first vice president of Smith Barney of Red Bank. He loved his job and the talented individuals he worked with.
He was active in the North Wall Little League, president of the Parent Advisory for Old Mill School, a member of the Metedeconk River Yacht Club, and co-founder of the “Reel Men’s Adventure Club.” He enjoyed gardening, traveling, fishing, rooting for the Yankees, sailing “The Irish Wake,” and spending time with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and friend.
Greg was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Marjorie Collins, and his mother-in-law, Polly Bailey.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Joyce; a son, Ryan, of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Heather, of Manhattan.; a sister, Connie Clarke and her husband, Ray, of The Villages, Fla.; a brother, Joseph and his wife, Judy, of Wall Township; a brother, Patrick, of Freehold; a brother-in-law, Richard Bailey and his wife, Jane, of Fredericksburg, Va.; an Uncle Michael Collins, of Manasquan; a beloved dog Scrappy; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Wall United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, was in charge of the arrangements.
Belmar resident Robert I. Lee died Thursday, April 24 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York City.
He was 65 years old.
Born in Jersey City, he lived in Belmar for the past 32 years. He was a conductor for 30 years for New Jersey Transit, retiring 15 years ago.
He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Lee and two sisters, Francis Kinnermon and Josephine Rooney.
Surviving are his fiancee, Gloy Mitchell; one brother, Dennis Lee; and four sisters, Dolores Dries, Elizabeth Raferty, MaryEllen Rizzuto and Diane Lynch.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Reilly Funeral Home, 801 D St., Belmar.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Greenville Avenue, Jersey City.
Interment will be held in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Belmar resident Agnes M. Lawless died peacefully on Thursday, April 24 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
She retired after 27 years as secretary to Monsignor Smith at the Church of St. Rose in Belmar.
Mrs. Lawless was a member of the Church of St. Rose, American Legion Auxiliary 267, Ormond Beach, Fla., Brick Elks Auxiliary Lodge 2151; the Ladies Fleet Reserve Branch 124, Lakehurst, and the American Veterans Auxiliary Post 2, Jackson.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert L. Jr., and three sisters, Katharine Gloff, Ellen Preston and Mary Burns.
She is survived by one son, Alan Smoke and his wife, Kim, of Belmar; five daughters, Ann Miller and her husband, Richard, of Champion, Pa., Carol Soniat and her husband, Robert, of New Orleans, La., Elaine Holinka and her husband, Don, of Rutherford, Jean Rasmussen and her husband, Niel, of Daytona, Fla., and Linda Robinson and her husband, Michael, of Aberdeen; three stepdaughters, Linda Jennings and her husband, David, of Daytona, Fla., Barbara Lawless, of Spring Valley, Calif., and Vanessa Matthews and her husband, Craig, of Lakewood; one brother, Thomas Burns and his wife, Betty Ann, of Whiting; one sister, Margaret Travis, of Holmdel; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her dear friend, John McDonough, of Brick.
Interment was held at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Rose Grammar School would be appreciated.
Reilly Funeral Home, Belmar, was in charge of the arrangements.
Timothy A. Schenke
Spring Lake Heights resident Timothy A. Schenke died Saturday, April 26.
He was 18 years old.
Born in Belleville, Tim lived in Middlesex before moving to Spring Lake Heights nine years ago.
He was a graduate of Spring Lake Heights Elementary School where he played baseball and was the captain of the soccer and basketball teams.
He was currently a senior at Manasquan High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity soccer team.
He received an academic scholarship from Drexel University for engineering.
During the summer, he worked for Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Spring Lake Heights.
Tim was an avid soccer player and played for the Monmouth Coast Club and Wall Soccer Club. He was also very fond of his dogs, Blondi, Ory and Gordon.
He was a loving son, brother and grandson, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his grandfather, John Schenke.
He is survived by his parents, Andrew and Lisa Parrillo Schenke; his brothers, Peter and David, at home; his paternal grandmother, Virginia Schenke, of Belleville; his maternal grandparents, Frank and Angela Parrillo, of Belleville; aunts and uncles, Jeffrey and Laura Schenke, and Denise and Tim Broderick; and his cousins, Ian and Lindsay.
A memorial service will be held on Friday at 7 p.m., at St. Rose Catholic Church, Belmar.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Timothy Schenke Light of Hope Award, c/o Big Blue Boosters, P.O. Box 444, Manasquan, 08736.
Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan, is in charge of the arrangements.
Wayne J. King
Manasquan resident Wayne J. King died April 9 at home. He was born in Spring Lake and was a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore.
He was 85 years old.
Wayne attended Spring Lake Grammar School and Asbury Park High School. He briefly attended Penn State, but then enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II, becoming a 2nd lieutenant pilot. He married his high school sweetheart and returned to Spring Lake after his service discharge.
He was a carpenter for many years as both a business owner and as a member of the Carpenters Local Union, in Freehold. He was also a teacher in Freehold for the Monmouth County Vocational Schools. He was a past member of the Manasquan Elks Lodge 2534 and a member of the American Legion Post 432 in Spring Lake with 61 years of service. His hobbies were gardening, tennis and music; his talent in playing the organ and piano was much appreciated by his family and friends. He was a pet lover who enjoyed the companionship of a succession of family dogs.
Wayne was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; his son, Peter King; and his sister, Vera King, of Spring Lake.
He is survived by his son, Douglas and his wife, Ann, of Roselle Park; his son, Stephen and his wife, Paige, of River Vale; his daughter, Darcy Voreis and her husband, Tom, of Noblesville, Ind.; his daughter, Elise and her husband, Cameron Monk, of Berkeley, Calif.; his eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Voreis and his wife, Kelly, of Mishawaka, Ind., Eric Voreis and his wife, Emily, of Kirkland, Wash., Krista Tye and her husband, Philip, of Jamesburg, Jessica King, of Hackettstown, Tim King, of Newark, Bonnie King, of Toms River, and Brianna and Danielle King, of River Vale.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the devotion and kindness of his caretaker, Mrs. Olga Bezruchak.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan, followed by interment at Atlantic View Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of Clifton.
Lakewood resident George Davis Harrington passed away on Tuesday, April 22 after a heroic struggle fighting the effects of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He was the organist for the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Spring Lake, donating his time and talent to help preserve that historic church and organ.
George was born March 28, 1948 to Vera and Davis Weld Harrington in Arlington, Mass. Music was an important part of George’s life; it was the thread that bound together all the things that defined who he was. He started playing the piano by ear at the age of four and went on to master not only the piano, but also the organ, guitar, bagpipes and the harpsichord which he built by hand and tuned by ear.
He was a member and officer of the Monmouth Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. George was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and held masters degrees from Tufts, Simmons and the University of Nice in France. He worked as a linguist for the State Department in Paris during the ‘70s and was an interpreter for Henry Kissinger at the Paris peace talks at the end of the Vietnam War. After returning to the states, he worked first in Boston and then ran a bilingual education program on the Canadian border in Maine. He lived for several years in Dark Harbor, Maine, on Isleboro, and it was there that he met his future wife, Nancy Carson, doing what he loved most, playing the Steinway piano at the Isleboro Inn. After moving to New York City in 1985 to be with Nancy, George worked for a short period of time as an interpreter at the UN and as a foreign language teacher in the public schools. He also worked as an independent translator, doing everything from oil contracts to airline menus. Nine years ago, George and Nancy moved to Four Seasons, Lakewood from Shark River Hills, and he truly loved the friends he made there. A man of many interests, George grew bonsai and African violets, built ship models, created origami and antique furniture reproductions and prided himself on doing the Sunday Times crossword puzzle in ink. He loved using his language skills to fool people into thinking he was a real Parisian.
In addition to his wife Nancy, George is survived by his step-children, Bonnie Jean Deroski of Rumson, Stephen Carson Deroski and his wife, Anna, of Chico, Calif., and David Wyatt Deroski, of New York City. He also leaves his granddaughter, Shelly, of Rumson, who was the joy of his life, as well as his grandson, Donovan, of Chico, Calif. He leaves a brother, David, of Suffolk, Va.; and two sisters, Ann, of Rockport, Mass., and Faith, of Keene, N.H. Last but not least, George will be sorely missed by his beloved Norfolk terrier, Penny.
A funeral and time to remember George will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Third and Monmouth avenues, Spring Lake.
In lieu of flowers, please give to the Joan Dancy and PALS, Riverview Medical Center, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, 07701 to support others suffering from this dreadful disease, or to The Church of the Holy Trinity, P.O. Box 317, Spring Lake, 07762 to aid in the restoration project.