Francis was born in Philadelphia and was a longtime resident of Brigantine.
He worked in the Casino industry for over 30 years, the last 25 as a bartender at Resorts in Atlantic City.
Raised in Swedesboro and known to his friends as “Duff” or “Duffer”, he attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Swedesboro, while serving as an altar boy, and graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School.
In the 1950’s he played Little League Baseball for the Kiwanis Club, and was known as “The Home Run King”. His love for sports continued in his adult life. He coached Little League Baseball in Swedesboro, as well as coaching the CYO Basketball Team at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. He also started and coached Swedesboro’s Midget Football Team, knows as The Demons, with Cal Caltabiano.
Francis also resided in Woodbury, where he coached Woodbury’s Little League Baseball with Frank Lepore.
He owned and operated Laundromats in the Swedesboro area with the slogan, “Keep Your Clothes Fluffy With Duffy”.
Francis loved fishing, boating, and enjoyed working out at the gym four days a week. He lived for his two granddaughters, Gianna and Mia Duffy, with whom he spent countless hours playing, laughing and having fun. He loved being a grandfather above all things.
He was a person who loved life and touched many people with his larger than life personality. He was quick to laughter, and most people will remember him best with a smile on his face.
Francis is survived by his sister, Catherine Baker of Pensacola, FL; his four sons, Patrick Edward of Brigantine, Thomas Joseph of Egg Harbor Township Francis George of Brigantine and Matthew Mark of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Dianna Amelia and Mia Catherine.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charitable organization of Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 (www.boystown.org).
FULLER – Gary J. “G-Dog” Fuller, 54, of Mount Royal, died unexpectedly at his home on Feb. 20. He was the husband of the late Sharleena Fentress Fuller and the father of Afrika Fuller, Sakela Hill, LaTeesha Fentress and Gary Y. Fuller, Jr.
Interment at Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, Monroe Township.
WREN – Rae Wren (nee Jeffers) passed away at home in Port S. Lucia, FL with her family by her side on Feb. 25 at the age of 83.
Ritzie, as she was known to many, was born in Paulsboro and formerly lived in Gibbstown, Swedesboro, and Franklinville. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband William and family, telling stories and sharing pictures.
Rae is survived by her 2 sons, William of PA and Don of MI; 2 daughters Donna of FL and Melissa of NJ, 2 brothers George Jeffers of FL and Francis Jeffers of NJ and 2 grandsons Robert Dorfeld and Daniel Youngkin.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.adamsstiefelfuneralhome.com.
BARBER – Edward F. Barber, Sr., 95, of Williamstown, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 27. Born and raised in Swedesboro, he has lived in Williamstown since 1946.
Mr. Barber was a self-employed Real Estate Agent and Broker for Edward F. Barber Real Estate, Inc. in Williamstown. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown, the National Assoc. of Realtors, National Auctioneer Association, Williamstown Lodge# 166 F&AM, Tall Cedars, The Shriners, Williamstown Kiwanis, American Legion Post #252, served on the Monroe Township Board of Education for 12 years and was the former manager of the Rustic Furniture Company.
Beloved husband of the late Phyllis E. Barber (nee Park). Devoted father of Pat Williams (Dale), Edward F. Barber Jr. (Becky), Maribeth Fullerton (Ron) and David Barber (Jean). Dear brother of Gladys Leap, Betty Beal, the late Mary Barber, the late William Barber, the late Leon Barber, Sr., the late Lena Dupper and the late Letty Richmond. Loving grandfather of Steven Williams (Minan), Jennie Williams, Andy Barber (Ashley), Matt Barber (Becky), Rob Fullerton (Heather), Brian Fullerton, Laura Fullerton, Christopher Barber and Elizabeth Barber and 6 great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 159 S. Main St., Williamstown, NJ 08094 or to Handi-Vangelism Ministries International, PO Box 122, Akron, PA 17501.
CRAIG – Adam Justin Craig, 36, of Mullica Hill passed away on March 3. Born in Woodbury, Adam was the son of Gloria Craig-Iommie (Hasty), and the late William C. Craig. It is often very hard to sum up a person’s life within a few paragraphs, but for Adam it can be said “to know him is to love him”. Over the years he has fought some very serious health issues and you would never know it. He would never let anything hold him back and he often pushed himself beyond his limitations. He was a man of faith and conviction who loved his family and friends. He looked forward to and cherished every moment he had with them. Especially with his nieces and nephews whom he had a very special bond with. Adam overcame his struggles by using his charm and unique personality and at the same time, he taught us to love and live life to its fullest.
He is survived by his mother and father, Gloria Jean and Angelo Iommie; siblings, William (Kelly), Jennifer (Peter), Gilbert (Natalie) and Christopher (Katie); nieces and nephews, Billy, Justin Adam, Emily, Danielle, Angela, Mary and Jacob, as well as his many cousins and extended family member who love and miss him dearly. To all I wish to say until we meet again, “Love You Lots!”
Donations can be made to the Histiocytosis Association, 332 N. Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 (www.histio.org) in Adam’s memory.
HILLMAN – Thomas L. Hillman, Sr., age 81, of Logan Twp. died on March 4.
Tom was a generous man, hardworking provider for his family, skilled carpenter, and owned and operated his own salvage business. He enjoyed starting his day having coffee with friends and relaxing on the sofa watching Bonanza and Clint Eastwood.
Beloved husband of 57 years to Barbara (nee Ritter), devoted father of Thomas L. Jr., Joseph A., and George J. (Christine); loving grandfather of Matthew, Timothy, Daniel, and Blair; dear brother of Joseph “Gus” and Bertha; adored uncle to many.
Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mdgfuneral.com.
ZAMBETTI – Eva Zambetti, age 88, (nee DiLaurentis) died on March 5 of Mullica Hill, formerly of Camden and Pennsauken. Beloved wife of the late Albert Zambetti. Dear mother of Adele (Gerald) Bonzella, Aldo Zambetti and the late Alberta Enos. Loving grandmother of 7 and great-grandmother of many.
Eva requested memorial contributions to Kennedy Health Care Center Activities Department, 535 Egg Harbor Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080.
MORRIS – Suzanne E. Morris of Clarksboro, died suddenly on March 7. Aged 64 years.
Born in Woodbury, Suzanne was raised in Paulsboro and was a l969 graduate of Paulsboro High. A lover of music, especially that of the 50-60’s, anything by James Darren and she enjoyed playing the sax. Spending time along the water, whether on the boards or beach by the ocean or along the river in National Park, that’s when Suzanne was the happiest.
She is the beloved fiancée of Allen Marcantulio (and his mother, Mae); loving sister of Kathie Freeman, Jean Grubb (Wendell), Alex Morris (Sue), George Morris, Elizabeth Eley (Tom) and the late Jim Morris (surviving, Cindy); devoted master to Gidget.
Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 16 E. Broad St., Paulsboro, NJ 08066. Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com.
SHRADER – William E. Shrader Sr. He was a Swedesboro guy and a patriot. Bill graduated from Swedesboro High in 1951 and with the Korean War raging joined the Navy. He was 17. When his wife was diagnosed with polio the Navy brought him back stateside, but only as far as Texas. He had to thumb it back to New Jersey. He finished his time at the Philadelphia Naval Base, settled in Swedesboro, produced a family and worked at Monsanto Chemical until retiring. Any spare time found him getting back to nature, hunting, and camping with his family. Apples don’t fall far from trees; his children and grandchildren all share a love for fishing. Bill was a member of the Romeo Club. Though they’re all suave and debonair, it really stands for Retired Old Men Eating Out.
Bill was a “jack of all trades” and did many side jobs. He could repair electrical problems, roof, fix oil burners, be a tinsmith or carpenter. He was civic minded: served on Swedesboro Council (’72-’75), was active in the Woolwich Fire Co., Lions Club, American Legion, and served the Lord at Bethesda United Methodist Church.
A chance meeting in a National Park ice cream shop led to a 62 year union between Bill and Doris. They were blessed with a son, William Jr. (Trisha), and three daughters: Cheryl (Gerry) Michael, Debra (Charles) Weil, and Vicki (Henry) Jones, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Bill is also survived by sisters: Helen Gage and Ella Mae Buechler and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Melvin Shrader Jr.
Services were held at the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro with burial Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro.
Donations to Bethesda UM Church Memorial Fund, 1435 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 will be appreciated. Tell a great story of Bill at lifecelebrationstudio.com.
MORRIS – Suzanne E. Morris, 64, of Clarksboro, died suddenly on March 7.
Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 16 E. Broad Street, Paulsboro, NJ 08066.
Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com.
LICCIARDELLO – Alice L. Licciardello (nee Monroe), age 84, of Mickleton.
She died surrounded by her loving family, on March 11.
Loving wife of 50 years to the late Pasquale “Patsy” Licciardello. Loving mother of Josephine Rickerman (Gary) of Fairfax, VA, Dominic Licciardello of Mickleton, Alice DeTolla of Mullica Hill, Steven Licciardello (Judy) of Cherry Hill and Patricia Zampino (Frank) of Cherry Hill. Cherished grandmother of 9. Predeceased by her brother Samuel Monroe and her sisters, Anna Cowley and Edna Linden.
Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Donations to Lighthouse Hospice, 1040 Kings Highway #100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr. Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053. Please write in memory: Alice L. Licciardello.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Alice L. Liccardello.
MYERS – Gertrude “Gertie” Myers, (nee Reistle), age 97, formerly of Repaupo, Logan Township, passed away March 11 at Merion Gardens Assisted Living, Carneys Point Township where she had resided for the past 14 years.
Born and raised in Swedesboro, she moved to Repaupo in 1936 and lived most of her life there. A graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of ’34, she was a Secretary for General Engines in Thorofare. Gertie was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, member and former Secretary of St. Joseph Alter-Rosary Society, shared her time and talents at the Spaghetti Suppers, Christmas Bazaars and Chicken Bar-B-Ques, a member of St. Joseph’s Choir, the Logan Township Senior Citizens, Charter member of the Repaupo Ladies Fire Aux., the Swedesboro Grange #5, and a charter member and volunteer at Kings Things in Swedesboro.
She held the record for the 60 yard dash at Swedesboro High School and appeared in the King and I and Sound of Music at the West Deptford Little Theatre. Gertie attended the dedication of the Harding Highway in Penns Grove and shook hands with the late President Warren G. Harding and on opening day, along with other area residents, walked across and back of the Commodore Barry Bridge.
Gertie was the wife of the late Lewis Myers and is survived by her sons, Wayne and Edward (Catherine) Myers, five grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Frances Myers, and brothers George and Leo Reistle.
Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. Contributions in her memory to Kings Things, 1402 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085, Attn: Joseph Denney, would be appreciated. Arrangements were handled by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.
COOK – Harry A. Cook, Jr., longtime resident of Mt. Royal and Clarksboro died March 13 in Summerfield, FL. He was 93 years old.
Harry was born in Philadelphia, March 5, 1921. In 1939 he graduated from Swedesboro High School and then attended Steelman Business School in Camden. He continued his education, taking classes when he could, and eventually graduated from the Wharton School of Finance in 1969.
Harry served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II fighting in Africa and Italy (Salerno invasion). He also served after that as a Staff Sergeant and 1st Lieutenant in the New Jersey National Guard.
Harry was employed before the war at the Molten Paper Company in Philadelphia and after the war at DuPont where he worked for 41 years as an accountant. He retired form DuPont in 1982.
He spent his retirement years living between New Jersey and Summerfield, FL with his beloved wife of 58 years, Catherine McMahon. He stayed active volunteering in his communities and doing taxes with AARP.
Harry loved to shoot pool all his life and enjoyed teaching others He competed with his pool team throughout the United States which in 2008 achieved honors as the 56th best pool team in the country.
Harry is survived by two daughters: Mary Ann (Ronald A.) Smith of Gibbstown, and Rose Marie Moody of Port Orange, FL; four grandchildren, Dana Smith, Dawn Switlyk (Jim), USN Ensign Keith Moody, Chris Moody; and three great-grandchildren: Joey, Jenny and Samantha.
Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 378 Centerpointe Circle, Suite 1290, Altamonte Springs, FL.
BAILEY – George F. “Bud” Bailey, age 94 years, of Clarksboro died March 14 in his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Bailey was born in Gibbstown, raised in Mantua and lived in Clarksboro for 55 years. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Bailey retired as a boiler operator with Shell Chemical Company, Woodbury. He was a 55 year member of Zion Community Church, Clarksboro and the East Greenwich Volunteer Fire Company whom he bowled with for several years. Mr. Bailey enjoyed exercising, World War II and Civil War history, reading, refinishing furniture, and his family genealogy.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ruby Mae Bailey (nee DeWitt); his children, Eileen (Bill), Bruce (Debbie), Jama (Paul, Tonya (George); his grandchildren, April, Heather, Shawn, Leah and Geno; his great granddaughters, Madison and Olivia and his brother, Harold and Joan Bailey.
Services were held in the McBride-Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.
COOK – Harry Cook, 93, of Florida, formerly of Deptford and Clarksboro, died. Visit www.mcgfuneral.com.
STEWARD – Ronald G. Steward, age 63, of Mullica Hill, died March 19.
Born in Woodbury, he was the son of the late George III and Lorraine (Masters) Steward. Ronald was a 1968 graduate of Woodstown High School, and he was a truck driver for all his adult life. He was a fantastic father.
He was also a very outgoing and sociable person, making friends wherever he went. He worked hard, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in the woods.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diane (nee Skinner); his son, Ron Steward Jr.; his daughter, Sherry Mundell of Woodstown; his son, Michael Ballinger of Mullica Hill; and his son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Sue Ballinger of South Carolina; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Brittany, Kristen, Sabrina, and Kyle; his great-granddaughter, Kylie; his sister, Carolyn Salup; and his brother, David Steward.
Memorial contributions in Ronald’s memory may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 284 Cedar Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 or the ARC of Gloucester County, 1555 Gateway Blvd., West Deptford, NJ 08096.
HUMAN – William D. Human Jr., 77, of Mullica Hill, passed away on March 19 after battling multiple health issues. Bill was born in Camden, he resided in Oak Valley before moving to Mullica Hill in 1994. He worked for DuPont for 35 years, retiring in 1992. He and his wife then traveled extensively. Bill served in the 114th Armored Infantry Division of the National Guard. He was a devoted husband and father, known for his very dry wit.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice Colna; daughter Donna Guilfoy of Pitman; 2 sons, William Carll of Wilmington and Edward Georg of Mullica Hill; sister Carole Nesbit; 6 grandchildren, Jessica and Christopher Human, Matthew Guilfoy, Kimberly (Hytham) Elsaleh and Candace and Samantha Human and 2 great grandsons, Aiden and Noah.
Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Donations to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org. Memories and condolences shared at daviswagner.com.