Bret Eric Converse

Bret Eric Converse

AGE: 45 • Dunellen

Bret Eric Converse, 45, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Dunellen, NJ. Born in Newark, NJ, he grew up in North Plainfield and later lived in Somerville, Manville and Dunellen. Bret was a graduate of Somerset County Vocational Technical School and was a master carpenter. As the owner and operator of Converse Construction, he took a great deal of pride in his work and was considered a perfectionist by many. His favorite activity was fishing and spending time on his boat. He also enjoyed motorcycles and skiing and traveled extensively to pursue all these passions. Affectionately referred to by family as "The Man of Steel," for his strength and fearlessness, you could often find Bret in a local gym lifting weights.

He was predeceased by his father, George Alan Converse in 1972. Bret is survived by his mother, Anna Converse Eelman of Manville, NJ; a sister, Dawn Converse of New Providence, NJ; a brother, Jess Converse and wife Joanne of Whittier, CA; a brother, Luke Eelman and wife Heidi of Raritan, NJ; nephews Zach, Dylan, Hunter and Jet, and niece Skylar.

There will be a memorial service at the North Branch Reformed Church, 203 Easton Parkway (Route 28) in Bridgewater, NJ, at 1 pm on Saturday. June 7, 2014.

Memorial donations may be made in Bret's name to the Plainfield Area Humane Society, 75 Rock Ave., Plainfield, NJ 07063.

Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home.

Funeral Home

Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 725-3111

Published in Courier News on June 6, 2014