Norman Frederick Wiss Jr.

  • "Norm was a gentlemen, a good friend, a loyal and dependable..."
    - Frederick Hill
  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
    - Rev. 21:4 ~ Kim

A memorial service for township resident Norman Frederick Wiss Jr., will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave., Short Hills. A reception will follow the service in Parish Hall.

Mr. Wiss, 93, died Dec. 25 at home.

Born in Newark in 1920, he and his family moved to Millburn Township in 1928. He attended schools in the Millburn Public School District and later graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. in 1938. He earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1942.

Mr. Wiss enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in the Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth and New Orleans, La. From February 1944 until the end of the World War II he specialized as a radar repairman of aircraft equipment in the Asiatic-Pacific theater in Darwin, Australia and participated in the invasion of Luzon, Philippines, before being discharged in 1946.

Following the war he joined the family firm of J. Wiss and Sons, the manufacturer of shears and scissors founded in 1848 by his great grandfather Jacob Wiss, where he served as vice president and director. He was also a director of the Employees Association of New Jersey and the president of the Shears and Scissors Manufacturers Association.

He was a co-founder of the New Jersey Tool Show organizing and managing tool and die trade shows at the Morristown Armory. He finished his career working for Bell Atlantic.

Mr. Wiss was a member of Christ Church since 1928. He was the first member of Cub Scout Pack 1, with his mother being both a co-founder of the Cub Scouts in the United States and the first chief den mother of Pack 1. He was also a member of the Millburn Old Guard, the Yale Alumni Club and the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey, where he was a co-founder and chairman of the Investment Special Interest Group. Other interests include being a member of the Millburn Community Garden, Maplewood Garden Club and the Watnong Chapter of the National Rock Garden Society.

Mr. Wiss is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter, Catherine J. of Washington, District of Columbia; two sons, Donald C. of New York City; and N. Frederick III of Weston, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave., Short Hills, NJ, 07078.

Published in The Item of Millburn and Short Hills on Jan. 8, 2014
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