James K. Ciani, age 26, of Barnegat passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home. James was born in Secaucus and formerly of Jersey City. He moved to Barnegat in 2002. James graduated from Barnegat High School in 2010. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Dolphins and Yankees.
James was predeceased by his grandfathers, James Ciani and Richard Wilson. Surviving are his father, David J. Ciani, mother Michelle Ciani, brother David R. Ciani, paternal grandmother Joan Ciani, maternal grandmother June Wilson, aunt Robyn Bello, uncle Kenneth Wilson and his wife, Anna and uncle Lee Wilson along with many cousins. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Kassidy Lutz.
A Viewing will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 7-9 pm and Saturday from 9:15-9:45 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave, Barnegat. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to fray funeral expenses would be appreciated.
Mary Teleky, a registered nurse long employed as a school nurse in the L.B.I. School District, died November 9th,2018 at 78 years old after a long illness. After graduating with honors from nursing school in 1960, she first worked as an operating room nurse. Mary joined the L.B.I. school system in 1975, where she quickly earned the respect of her students, parents, and school colleagues for the way she always provided the best compassionate care for her students, for 30 years.
She is survived by her sister Joanne, daughters Robin & Deborah, and grandchildren Chelsea Becca, Kaitlyn, and Kylie. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 2-4 p.m. at her home. Arrangements are under the care of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Richard M. Gallo, age 76 of Waretown, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018 peacefully at home. Richard was born in Somerville, NJ and lived in Bridgewater and Florence, before moving to Waretown in 2007. Richard was Chief Fiscal Officer and Chief of Management and Banking of the Judiciary for 20 years before his retirement in 2002. Richard served for three years overseas in the U.S. army. He loved golfing, the Philadelphia Eagles, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Richard is survived by Barbara (Domolki), his wife of 54 years, his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Nathan Hart and two granddaughters, Jillian and Meredith. He is also survived by his siblings William Gallo, Michael Gallo and Dorothy Sharko, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:30-11:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home,335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ followed by interment at Ocean County Memorial Park, 280 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Disabled Veterans Association.
Joseph John Marra, 61, of Barnegat passed away peacefully on October 2, 2018 at Cooper University Hospital, Camden. Joe was born in Hackensack and raised in Waldwick before settling in 1990 in Barnegat. Joe worked for 33 years for Ryder Systems as a Service Manager. He was a member of the Hollow Rod and Gun Club in Bovian, NY and a parishioner of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His father taught him how to hunt when he was young. When he moved to the area, Joe enjoyed fluke fishing on the local party boats with his son and crabbing with his family at the Barnegat bay docks. He was also a Denver Broncos fan.
Marion A Kinlin (nee Pescatore) age 96 of Waretown passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Barnegat Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Barnegat. Marion was born in Hoboken and was formerly of Park Ridge moving to Barnegat in 2018. She was a parishioner of St. Francis Parish in Hoboken.
She is predeceased by her husband Joseph L in 2004 and her Daughter Marianne in 2017. She is survived by her son Joseph Thomas and his wife Margaret, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Father Terence Pescatore.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm and again on Friday from 8:45 – 9:15am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. A funeral Liturgy will be offered at 9:30am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s School for the Blind 761 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307 in Marion’s Memory.
Andrew S. LaManna, 33, of Waretown passed away on September 17, 2018. Best known to most as “Guido,” Andrew was born in Brick on March 27, 1985 to Richard and Bonnie LaManna. He graduated from Southern Regional High School and was a former employee of The Earle Companies. Andrew loved being near the water, boating, the beach and anything to do with animals. He played many types of musical instruments including the guitar, piano and drums and was always walking around singing his heart out. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was passionate about the Miami Dolphins.
Andrew was predeceased by his mother, Bonnie Lee LaManna (2002) and grandfathers, Carl LaManna Sr., and Whitfield Ivany, Jr. He is survived by his father Rick LaManna, Sr. and his wife, Nancy; sister Heather Gordon; two brothers John Ballman and his wife Cheryl and Ricky LaManna, Jr. and his wife Misty; grandmothers Sylvia LaManna and Esther Ivany, along with 8 nephews, 4 nieces and 1 great nephew; all whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is his girlfriend, Chrissy Wulffen.
A Memorial Gathering will be offered on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 3:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. Private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Andrew’s name would be appreciated to Hope Sheds Light, 253 Chestnut St., Toms River, NJ 08753.
William R Studer AKA Pops, age 78 of Barnegat passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. William was born and raised on Staten Island moving to Barnegat in 1974. He served in the US Air Force and retired from the US Coast Guard. William worked for the New York City Transit Authority and Spirit Air Lines where he was a Flight Attendant. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. His passions included anything to do with aviation and flying as well as playing Base Guitar.
John Grant Gray, who everyone knew as Buzzy, age 76 of Barnegat, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at his home. Buzzy was born in Lakewood and was formerly of Ship Bottom before moving to Barnegat in 1946. Buzzy worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation as an engineer for 35 years before retiring in 1999. Buzzy was predeceased by his brother Gary Gray in 1997. He is survived by his two sons John and Michael, and his sister Peggy Gray Carson. He is also survived by many loving friends and family.
He enjoyed racing his car “Ol’Rivers” at Atco Dragway, racing his World Championship Speed Garvey “Donna” with his beloved brother Gary. Later, he enjoyed sailing his sailboat on the Barnegat Bay, always finding a race at a little slower speed. He also enjoyed racing his sailboat in the 5 B’s club with close friends George, Alex, John and Dave among others and riding his bike on the Barnegat Branch Trail.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 10 until time of service at 11am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. Interment of Cremated Remains will take place after the service at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at Lefty’s Tavern. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Buzzy’s honor to the Barnegat Historical Society.
Thomas Arthur Miller Jr. age 46 of Barnegat passed away on Friday August 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Tommy was a life long resident of Barnegat. He was a Heavy Equipment Truck Driver working for Midnight Towing and Jersey Rents. He was one of the First responders to drive over the bridges to Long Beach island to help with hurricane sandy. Tommy was a mechanic and a blacksmith but his passion was riding his motorcycle taking in the beautiful sights. He also made an amazing cheese cake.
Tommy is predeceased by his mother Margaret in 1998, he is survived by his wife Tracy and their daughter Margaret, his sister Christine Miller, his father Thomas A. Miller Sr. along with many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10am until time of service at 1pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. A repass will follow at Holiday Beach Club, Waretown(end of lighthouse Drive on the Bay). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Funeral home to offset the funeral expenses.
Myrtle Mae Holloway, age 95, of Warren Grove passed away on August 7, 2018. Myrtle was born to Kathryn and Ward Holloway on October 29, 1922. She was born in the home where she lived her entire life. Myrtle worked as an Assembler for General Motors in Trenton for 31 years. During World War II, Myrtle assembled the torpedo bomber known as “The Avenger” for General Motors. She retired in 1978. Myrtle attended the Manahawkin Baptist Church for many years and more recently attended the Warren Grove United Methodist Church. In 1986 she was awarded a Certificate of Participation for the Warren Grove Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary.
Miss Holloway was predeceased by her mother Kathryn Holloway, father Ward Holloway, brother and sister-in-law Clarence and Leona Holloway, sister and brother-in-law Mary and William Letts, nephew William Letts, nephew Thomas Letts and great-nephew Christopher Letts.
She leaves behind her sister Helen Ash and husband Donald of Bordentown, NJ along with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces.
A Viewing will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ. Interment will follow at Warren Grove Cemetery.
Michael John Scienski, age 54 of Manahawkin passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Michael was born in Paterson and was formerly of Bloomingdale and Pequannock before moving to Manahawkin in 2007. He was a graduate of Pequannock Township High School and William Paterson University. Mike worked as an accountant for Truex Enterprises in West Creek, NJ, for 12 years. He was active in his church, Bayside Chapel, with a strong faith and love for Jesus.
He loved baseball and softball. In addition to recently playing on the Bayside Chapel softball team, he also played on multiple teams throughout his life in both South and North Jersey. In addition to playing, Mike was an avid and dedicated life long New York Mets fan.
Mike was a committed 27 year friend of Bill.
Michael is predeceased by his father George in 2016. He is survived by his mother Karen, his little princess Alivia and his big big boy Brandon, two brothers George, and his wife Gerri, and Larry, and his wife Christina; nieces and nephews: Alexander, Anastasia, Lauren, Patrick and Matthew and his great nephew Caleb. As well as many loving family members and friends. Mike is also survived by his true love Kelly.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 1-3 and 6-8pm and again on Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday at 11am at St. Mary’s Church 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Beachview Avenue, Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made to the Alivia and Brandon Scienski College Fund. Please mail c/o Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street (Route 9) Barnegat, NJ 08005
Joseph Vander Veer, age 78 of Wareown, passed away on June 11, 2018. Services will be held on Thursday June 14, 2018 at 1 pm at Ocean County Memorial Park, Waretown.
Clyde D. Farless, age 96 of Barnegat, passed away on Sunday June 3, 2018 at the Barnegat Nursing Center. Clyde was born in Bradyville, TN and had lived in Edison and Lanoka Harbor before moving to Barnegat in 1999. Mr. Farless was a research worker for Bristol Meyers Squibb in North Brunswick working there for 33 years before his retirement in 1981. Clyde was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat and was an Army Veteran of WW II. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Capodanno Post #6522, he was also an avid bowler, fisherman and he also enjoyed fiddling with electronics.
Clyde was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Lydia (Haluska) in 2000. He is survived by his daughter and son in law Lydia and Robert Domolki, one granddaughter Donna Hetherington and her husband Bill, and one grandson Robert Domolki. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Reilly, Sarah, and Jackson.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018, from 4-8 pm, and on Thursday from 9- 9:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday June 7, at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Manahawkin.
Mary Alice Pegg DeTroia, age 81 of Barnegat passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Mary was a Registered Nurse for more than 40 years working at ACMC, Mainland Division before retiring. Mary is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Anthony J. DeTroia. She is also survived by her sons Michael and his wife Lois, Peter and his wife Ellen and five cherished grandchildren. Private services are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Southern Ocean County Animal Facility, 360 Haywood Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Betty M Minelli, age 95 of Waretown passed away holding her daughter’s hand on Thursday, May 3, 2018. She was born and raised in Trenton moving to Waretown in 1970. Betty worked for General Motors for 35 years before retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish in Hamilton, NJ. Betty’s greatest passion was taking care of her family.
Betty was predeceased by her husband Alfred and her grandson Michael. She is survived by her daughter Claire Hilton and her companion Jose Siso, and her sister Lucy Johnston.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11am at St. Mary of the Pines RC Church, 1 Bishop Way, Manahawkin; Interment shall follow at Princeton Memorial Park, 403 Gordon Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Betty’s Memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat.
Jean May Matthews (nee Schendorf), 91, of Waretown passed away at her home on April 4, 2018. Jean was born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, formerly of St. Augustine, Fl, where she enjoyed living for 10 years. Since 1996, she had resided in Ocean County. For over 27 years, Jean worked for White Castle as a District Supervisor. Jean loved to watch the swans on the lagoon, and the birds on her window feeder. She also exercised regularly at the local gym. Jean took up oil painting when she lived in Florida and ultimately began selling her work. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat.
Mrs. Matthews was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edward in 2005, son Col. Dennis Matthews in 2011, a brother John and sister, Dorothy. She is survived by her daughters Diane Holzmiller and her husband Ralph and Pat Paolini and her husband Orfeo, also her daughter-in-law, Pat, 9 grandchildren Arlene, Kim (Matt), Mike (Jackie), Kelly, Sean, Darryl (Joanne), Greg (Renee), Chris (Ali), Adrian, 8 great-grandchildren and a brother, Robert Schendorf (Beverly).
A Viewing will be held on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 2-4 pm and Monday from 10:00-10:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave., Barnegat. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to the Waretown First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 428, Waretown, NJ 08758.
Joseph Patrick Weaver, "Doc", Pharmacist, 92, formerly of Barnegat & Waretown, NJ & Lake Worth FL, passed away at Genesis in Manahawkin, on March 7, 2018. Joseph was born in Philadelphia on May 10, 1925 and grew up in and around Atlantic City. He graduated from Holy Spirit High School Class of 1943, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1949. Joseph served in the US Navy during World War II. He met his wife Gertrude “Babe” Meeks, on New Year’s Eve while bartending at his father’s business, “The 19th Hole” in Absecon. They were married for 71 years.
“Doc Weaver” owned and operated Weaver’s Pharmacy in Atlantic City in the 1950’s and then Barnegat Pharmacy from 1959-1968. He worked in many Pharmacies in NJ & FL over the years. Mr. Weaver served on the Barnegat School Board & Township Committee in the 1960’s. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3826 and a 75-year member of John Wesley Taylor Post #232 of the American Legion. He was also a Lifetime Charter member of the Barnegat Historical Society. Joseph was a devout Catholic and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnegat since 1959 where he served as a Lectern for many years and he belonged to The Holy Name Society. Joseph was a very charitable man, always donating to the less fortunate. He loved to travel, and will always be remembered for wearing red socks!
Mr. Weaver was predeceased by his parents Frank & Thelma, his brother Francis, his beloved daughter Margaret Ann Latvala in 2011, and beloved son Patrick Weaver in 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Gertrude “Babe” (nee Meeks) , in addition to 5 daughters, Jo-Ann (Drew) Dringus, Barnegat, Doris (John) Shannon, Manahawkin, Lois (Fred) Sauchelli, Manahawkin, Patty (Steve) McGrew, Lake Worth, FL & Susan (Paul) Nugent of Orlando, FL, son Bill (Lainie) Weaver, Anacortes, WA, daughter-in-law Nadine Weaver, Manahawkin and a son-in-law Gary Latvala, Waretown. Joe is also survived by 21 grandchildren & their spouses, & 34 great-grandchildren.
A Viewing will be from 10-11 AM on Monday, March 12, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Ave. Barnegat, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Manahawkin. Arrangements are by Bugbee Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main St. Barnegat. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ken’s Kitchen, PO Box 609, Barnegat, NJ 08005. The family would like to thank the staff of Genesis for their wonderful care they gave Joe over the past 4 years.
Brian L. Reeves, age 56, “Moose,” of Barnegat passed away on February 26th, 2018. Brian was born in Toms River and had resided in Barnegat all of his life. He worked for over 30 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator.
His true dedication and passion was in his 37 years of service to the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Department, Station #11 where he served as past Chief and volunteered as Deputy District Warden in the NJ State Forest Fire Service, Section B-5. The fire department was his life. He also enjoyed racing his skiffs on the Barnegat Bay.
Mr. Reeves was predeceased by his father, James Montalto and grandparents, Harry and Vera Reeves. Surviving are his mother, Nancy Reeves, son, Brian H. Reeves, daughter Destiny N. Reeves, grandson, Alexander Santiago, sister, Tara Hatfield and her husband Clyde, brother, James Montalto and his wife Suzy and former spouse, Cindy Reeves, along with many nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service will be offered on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 11:30 am at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery, West Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ 08005. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s memory may be made to the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 539, Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Thomas Vincent Kennedy Jr., age 56, of Barnegat passed away on Thursday February 22, 2018. Born in Edison, he was most recently of Barnegat. Thomas had worked for many years with Muscle for Hire Moving, Waretown, was a member of the Holiday Harbor Beach Club and was a devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Thomas was predeceased by his father Thomas Vincent Kennedy Sr., his mother Grace Kennedy (nee Garris), his step-father John Murray and his brother Frank Kennedy. Surviving are his sister Graceann Rhodenizer and her husband Paul of Barnegat, his brother Bernard Kennedy and his wife Diane of Lanoka Harbor, his son Michael Suite of Irvine, CA, eight nieces; April, Jackie, Rachel, Jillian, Heather, Olivia, Danielle and Jennifer, three nephews; Frank, Dustin and Dylan, along with several great nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 3-5pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers Thomas’ family has asked donations to be made in his name to the Riggs Funeral Home, PO Box 363 Forked River, NJ 08731 in order to defray the funeral cost.
Kimberly A. Moehring, age 51, of Barnegat passed away peacefully on February 4th, 2018. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 10th from 12:00 pm until the time of the service at 2:00 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Private Cremation.
Orlando H. Dato Jr. , age 96 of Barnegat WW II Veteran: Orlando H. Dato, Jr. died February 2, 2018, at home. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (nee Ledbetter), his daughter Gloria of CA and son Orlando ( Landy) of NV, sister Barbara Taylor of Egg Harbor, special sisters-in-law Beatrice Dato of Atlantic City, and Jean Byrd of Newark. Also surviving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 10am until time of service at 11am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 South Main Street (Route 9), Barnegat interment will follow at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery.
Peter A. Prachthauser, age 74 of Manahawkin, passed away on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Peter was born in Newark and had lived in Elizabeth and Roselle Park before moving to Manahawkin in 1999. He was a supervisor for Elizabethtown Gas of Union for 39 years retiring in 1999. Mr. Prachthauser was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church where he served as an usher and he also delivered food for Ken’s Kitchen. He was a member of the NJ Renegades, Rods and Customs, he enjoyed his poker club, playing 50’s music and was an avid boater. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Otilia, one daughter Deborah Murphy and her husband Michael and one son Peter F. and his wife Michelle. He is also survived by six grandchildren Kailey, Patrick, Danielle, Nicholas, Michael and Bob.
A viewing will be held at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, and Saturday from 11:30 – 12:00. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, January 13, at 12:30 pm at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Peter’s name to the St. Vincent dePaul Society c/o St. Mary’s Church.
Jeffrey Allen Poissant, age 56 of Barnegat passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Jefferson Hospital in Washington Township, NJ. Jeff was born and raised in Manchester New Hampshire he graduated from Central High school in New Hampshire before moving to Barnegat in 1992. He is the founder of YoBuck Landscaping of Barnegat. In 1985 Jeff enlisted in the US Army where he became a helicopter Crew Chief while being stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad and the Barnegat First Aid Squad. Jeff enjoyed Fishing along with painting and wood working.
Jeffrey is survived by his companion of 31 years Marty Weber, his stepdaughter Jennifer Tyus, four brothers: Christopher, Gregory, John and Anthony, his two cats Jacob and B. He is also survived by many loving family and friends.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 11:30 until time of Funeral Liturgy at 1pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ. Cremation will be private and under the direction of the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Jefferson Hospital, 445 Hurfville-Crosskeys Road, Sewell, NJ 08080 in Jeffrey’s Memory.
Keith E. Carson of Barnegat, NJ died on October 21, 2017. Mr. Carson was born at St. Francis Hospital, Trenton, NJ, was reared in Hamilton Square, NJ, and summered on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Hamann, and Clarence “Kit” and Charlotte Carson, all of Hamilton Square, NJ, and his beloved soulmate, Dean J. Dahl of Churchville, PA, he is survived by his parents, Joyce and Elmer Carson of Beach Haven Gardens, NJ, a brother Christopher and his wife Karen of Spray Beach, NJ, a niece Heather N. Carson and Matt Maffei of Burlington, NJ, and two great nieces, Tegan Maffei and Adrina Maffei. He is also survived by his aunts, Elizabeth Gaiser-Rogers of Arizona, Elma C. Scott of Hamilton, NJ, and Susan Fanella of Chesterfield, NJ in addition to many cousins.
Mr. Carson attended Hamilton Square Elementary School and Reynolds Middle School prior to enrolling at the Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ, from which he graduated cum laude in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Gettysburg College, a Certificate in Legal Assistant Technology from Ocean County College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a certificate in African American studies from the Richard Stockton College, and a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies from Rutgers University – Camden.
Mr. Carson was an initiate of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Gettysburg College where he served as Worthy Master (president).
He worked in numerous fields during his career including market research, restaurant and hospitality services, HIV/AIDS services, education, and human services. He taught history at Atlantic Cape Community College from 1997 to 2014, eventually serving as Senior Adjunct Faculty member in the History Department. Mr. Carson was an accomplished author whose credits include numerous articles for the Great Events in History, Great Lives in History, and The Decades Series for Salem Press, publisher of high school, college, and university reference books.
Mr. Carson was a member of the Trenton Donauschwaben Association, a parishioner at the First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, and a lifetime member of the World History Association.
Mr. Carson was also a passionate advocate of HIV/AIDS services. He established the first state-funded HIV education and prevention program for gay men, the Safe Space Program, in southeastern New Jersey while working at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. He was also instrumental in establishing the HIV/AIDS Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach, Long Beach Island along with Fr. Bill Bried, OFM. Mr. Carson was committed to comprehensive history education and the humanities at the college and university level. A lover of history, ideas, culture, art, and society, Mr. Carson believed in active citizenship, civic education, and was a patron of public history parks and programs.
Cremation and burial is private. Mr. Carson’s family and friends are invited to a Christian Memorial Service on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at The First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, NJ, 101 E New Jersey Ave, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008. A repast shall follow the service. Donations may be made in Mr. Carson’s memory to The First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace at the above address. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat.