DATER--Thomas E., of Ramsey, NJ, and Pittstown, NY, passed away peacefully after a short bout of pneumonia. He was to celebrate his 84th birthday on March 19. Adopted son of John Young Dater and Eleanor Gott Dater of Ramsey. Survivors are his beloved wife, Joan Lutz Dater, and son, Christopher Edward, 39. He was predeceased by daughter, Gretchen Joyce, 20, a victim of the Libyan terrorist bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, December 21, 1988. Member of the Class of 1951 at Princeton University, he was publisher of the Ramsey Journal weekly newspaper in Ramsey, until 1994 and then established the Home and Store News weekly newspaper that circulated in 13 towns in Northwest Bergen and Rockland Counties. Very active in community life in Ramsey, having served as president of the Ramsey Free Public Library, The Chamber of Commerce, the Ramsey's Savings and Loan. He served as Bergen County Coroner in 1962-65. An exempt firefighter and former President of the Ramsey Fire Dept., the Dept. members rendered their honors during the committal service at the Lutheran Redeemer Cemetery in Mahwah. A Funeral Service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Ramsey, where he was an elder and former Clerk of Session. Awarded several community honors and awards for his lifetime achievements. In 2008 he served as the Grand Marshall for the Ramsey Centennial Parade. He had been working as a property manager with his son. He also served as Ramsey's official historian. Funeral services were handled by the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home in Ramsey. Donations may be made to the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department in his name, P.O. Box 164, Ramsey, NJ 07446. He was beloved by all and will be sorely missed. Please send tributes, memories and condolences to: www.vanemburghsneider.com
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 20, 2013