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Dorothy (Sofield) White passed away on December 16th at the Brandywine in Shrewsbury at the age of 88.

Born in Avon to Elsie and Ted Sofield, Dorothy received her RN from Flower-Fifth Avenue School of Nursing and later worked at Monmouth Medical Hospital where she met the love of her life, Bill.

Paul O. Whitfield of Rumson, NJ passed away peacefully at his home with his wife of 71+ years at his side on December 10, 2019.  He was 95 years old.  He is survived by his wife Louise, daughter Sarah, sons and daughters-in-law Ron and Cindi and Jim and Robin, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents, George and Golden Whitfield, brother and sister-in-law G. Lester and Carolyn Whitfield, and daughter Catherine.

Paul was proud to have served aboard the USS Picking, DD685 in the US Navy during World War II, and was a plank owner of the ship. He enjoyed attending ship reunions throughout the years, most recently in October 2019.  He was a life member of the Tin Can Sailors, National Association of Destroyer Veterans, and a life member of the Tin Can Sailors Association of NJ, NJDESRON 2, Phoenix Squadron.  He was also a member of the American Legion.

Audrey (Robinson) Semple, Age 84, of Shrewsbury, NJ, died Thursday, December 12. Audrey was born on October 20, 1935 in Bridgeton, NJ to the late William and Pauline Robinson. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 62 years, Barry Semple, and sister to the late Joan Seabrook (Robinson) and William Robinson. Audrey was the matriarch of her family. A graduate of Bridgeton High School, Audrey married Barry, her sixth grade sweetheart, in 1957. 

Audrey was deeply loved by her family and her community. While raising a family she served as the Deputy Borough Clerk and as the Borough Clerk for Shrewsbury for 17 years. She was very involved with the Presbyterian Church in Shrewsbury, where she was a deacon for many years. Her passions were playing tennis, cooking, gardening, cheering for the Yankees and teaching those around her to appreciate the natural beauty of every plant and flower. Her joy was her children, John, Elizabeth, Bruce and Katherine and their children Margaret, Jane, Andrew, Anne, Matthew, Eva, Leo, Hannah and Eleanor. 

Robert M. Kelly, 74, passed away on December 8, 2019.  Robert was born in New York City and raised in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan and spent most of his adult life in Monmouth County, New Jersey. 

Always curious and a life-long student, Robert began his education at Regis High School, a Jesuit institution in the city.  He received his BS from Manhattan College, and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

In January 1970 he married Annemarie Kelly and their daughter Kristen Anne was born the next year.

After a courageous, hard-fought battle with brain cancer, Andrew William Mercer, age 55, formerly of Rumson, NJ and Atlanta, GA, passed away on December 10, 2019, in New York City.

Andrew graduated from Rumson Country Day School, Avon Old Farms School, and Fordham University. 

He is survived by his parents, Barbara Lawes Mercer and Henry D. Mercer, Jr. of Rumson, NJ; brother Henry Mercer III and his wife Joan of Locust, NJ; sisters Deborah Mercer Ribas of Westwood, MA and Marilyn Bell and her husband Charles of Colts Neck, NJ; uncle Douglas Mercer of East Hampton, NY, and aunt Eleanor Lawes of Little Silver, NJ.  In addition, he is survived by nephews Dickson, William, and Matthew and great nephew Henry; nieces Sarah, Anna, and Elizabeth.  Andrew also leaves behind Serena Anderson of New York City.

Margaret Joann Reynolds (nee Owens) 86, of the Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, NJ passed away peacefully on Monday morning December 9, 2019.  Peggy was born in 1933 on February 2nd (the Feast of the Presentation, a.k.a. Ground Hog Day) in New Castle, PA the only daughter of the late Edward James Owens and Wilna May Owens (nee Adams).

She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Jay Howard Reynolds of also of Red Bank and originally of New Castle, whom she married on May 28, 1955; two sons, Dale Loy Reynolds of New York, NY, and Bryan Alan Reynolds, of East Hanover, NJ; three granddaughters, Hayley Kathryn Vislocky (John) of John’s Island, SC, Kelsey Anne Peltzer (Colton) of Oceanside, CA, and Joanna May Reynolds of New York; one great granddaughter, Fiona Claire Vislocky; and one brother, Darrell Lee Owens of New Castle, PA. 

Craig Haese, passed away on December 8, 2019.  He was the son of Fred and Hazel Haese.  He grew up in Woodridge and then the family moved to Colts Neck.  He graduated from Freehold High School and Monmouth University in 1970 where he met his future wife and sidekick Sheila Egan.   He and Sheila married in 1971 and moved to Fair Haven in 1974 and continue to reside there.

He served with pride in the US Army Reserves for eight years as Sergeant of the motorpool with the 298th ASA Company at Ft. Hancock, NJ. 

Craig joined the Fair Haven 13-1 Volunteer Fire Company and was a member for over 39 years.  He volunteered at the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair at the golf booth and later sold chances for the 50/50.

Reginald (Reg) Whitman, 86, longtime resident of Fair Haven, NJ, and recently of Ocean Township, NJ, died on November 30th.  Beloved by family and friends, he will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at St. George's-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ, on Saturday, December 21st, at 1 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, we welcome contributions to: Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058; or the Rector's Discretionary Fund of St. George's-by-the-River, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760. 

Edward Lawrence Gorman, 80, passed away peacefully in his Middletown home surrounded by his loving family on December 3, 2019. He was born and raised in Yonkers, New York.  He was predeceased by his parents Charles Lawrence and Gertrude (Washington) Gorman and brother Charles Lawrence “Toddy” Jr.  He spent many summers playing with his brother and cousins in Liberty, New York where his mother was raised.

Ed attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in Yonkers, Iona Prep in New Rochelle and Manhattan and Mercy Colleges.  He had vivid memories of competing in the Millrose Games with his father cheering him on and he and his brother boxing in the CYO. He loved to fish and spent countless hours surfcasting at Robert Moses, the Jersey Shore, and the Hudson River. He served five years in the US Navy Seabees from 1961-1966. 

 

  Donald (Skip) Sykes passed away on Tuesday, November 26, at home after a long illness.  A native of Bala-Cynwyd, PA, he attended Episcopal Academy, Merion, PA, and Amherst College, Amherst, MA..  He was named All-American soccer player his senior year at Amherst.  He later established the Amherst College Class of 1959 Soccer fund. 
  After graduating from Amherst, Skip taught and coached varsity soccer at Episcopal Academy. Under his coaching, Episcopal’s soccer teams won several Inter-Academic Championships. 

Jean Campbell Rosen, age 74, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2019 at Riverview Medical Center. Jean was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Dorothy Carrigan Campbell and Richard Wilson Campbell.  She was predeceased by longtime companion of 28 years, David Stevens of Holmdel, NJ, and her two brothers, Robert (Philadelphia, PA) and Richard (Marietta, GA) Campbell. She is survived by her three children, Deborah Rosen, David Rosen and his wife Denise, and Elizabeth Forsyth and her husband Gordon. Grandchildren are Jack Fitzpatrick of  Mesa, AZ; Nicholas, Michael, and Thomas Rosen of Ellicott City, MD; and Leigh, Grace, and Gordon Forsyth of Fair Haven, NJ. 

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