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Joseph, 92, of Hackensack, NJ, died on August 27 at Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff.
He was born on December 3, 1920, a son of William John Ayton and Eliza Jane Frazer Ayton.
He graduated from Long Beach High School, Long Beach, NY, and Stevens Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a MA in education from New York University
Joseph worked as an engineer for Sylvania Products in Emporium and Lock Haven, PA. Later he changed careers and taught mathematics in Hawthorne High School for two years and Fair Lawn High School for 26 years.
During WWII, he contributed to the war effort as a development engineer for the Proximity Fuse which greatly improved bomb effectiveness. After the war, he served in the Army. He was a long-time member and financial officer of the Hackensack Congregational Church. Throughout his life he was actively interested in classical music, theater and sports. He traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. A loyal Stevens alumnus, he attended reunions including last year's 70th reunion of his class.
He was predeceased by his brother Edward A. Ayton and by his long-time companion Jo-Ellen Van Oort, whose family became his cherished friends.
Joseph is survived by his brother William J. Ayton, his nephews James and David Ayton, his niece Melinda Ayton Boyce; three grand-nieces, three grand-nephews, a great-grand-nephew and great-grand-niece.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 12 Noon at Beaugard Funeral Home in River Edge. Friends can greet the family starting at 11 AM. Memorial gifts may be made to Stevens Institute of Technology in his name.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Sept. 1, 2013