Sol Messer

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SOL MESSER AGE: 93 RANDOLPH TWP. Former Mayor and Township Committeeman Sol Messer, of Randoph Township, New Jersey passed away at the age of 93 on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Mr. Messer was born in Morristown, NJ on January 16, 1917. His parents, the late Harry and Freda Messer moved to Mt. Freedom, NJ in 1923. Sol began his education at the one room school house in Mt. Freedom. He graduated from Dover High School in 1935 and Rutgers University with a BS in Agricultural Engineering in 1939. In 1952, Mr. Messer became a principal in the Firm of Oradell Construction, a major general contractor of school and commercial buildings throughout the State of New Jersey and remained active in the business until his retirement in 2008 at the age of 91. While Mr. Messer was passionate about his work, he also was a Master Bridge and Chess Player. A long term proponent of Mt. Freedom resorts, Mr. Messer managed and was the proprietor of the Messer Farm which operated until its closing in 1962. The site, which was his boyhood home, is now occupied by the Harbor Hills Day Camp. Mr . Messer was elected to the Randolph Township Board of Education in 1948 and served on the Board until his resignation from the Board of Education upon his election to the Randolph Township council in 1950. Sol served on the Town Council as Mayor and Councilman from 1950-1962. During his tenure on the Council he once quipped to fellow councilman George Bauer and Gordon Raupp, at a well attended meeting that "the public is here to lynch us...can you imagine our Town budget exceeding $1,000,000." He was a life time member and honorary trustee of the Mt. Freedom Randolph Jewish Center. He is survived by his wife, the former Toby Pressman; his four sons and their wives, Michael and Marsha of North Caldwell, Howard and Sonya of Ulster, New York, Irwin and Alexandra of New York, New York, and Edward and Maureen of Randolph. He also is survived by his six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services for Mr. Messer were held on December 13, 2010 and interment followed at the Mt. Freedom Jewish Center Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sol Messer may be made to the Mt. Freedom Jewish Center, Mt. Freedom, New Jersey.

Published in Daily Record on Dec. 14, 2010
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