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George B. Tansey

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VERNON -- George B. Tansey, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Englewood Hospital in Englewood following a short illness.

Mr. Tansey, son of the late Daniel and Rose (Cleary) Tansey, was born in New York City March 26, 1934. He grew up in Leonia, later moving to Tenafly, where he lived for 33 years. While residing in Tenafly, Mr. Tansey maintained a summer residence in the Highland Lakes section of Vernon for 25 years, before becoming a year-round resident in 1995.

Mr. Tansey graduated from Leonia High School and attended Brown University, where he was the quarterback for the school’s football team. He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and played quarterback for the Army football team while being stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. Tansey continued his education at Wagner University, where he once again played quarterback for the school’s football team until graduation. He then completed his education attending New York and San Francisco Law Schools. Mr. Tansey returned home to open the Jade Room and Brandy’s Pub in Fort Lee. He later worked for his brother-in-law, Ed Garry, at AG Young Associates in Fort Lee until his retirement.

Mr. Tansey was an active member of Highland Lakes Country Club and Community Association for 43 years. He was a 22-year member of Warwick Valley Country Club and formerly served on the Board of Directors. Mr. Tansey was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in Highland Lakes and was first generation Irish-American.

Mr. Tansey was predeceased by two brothers, Daniel Joseph Tansey and Patrick James Tansey. He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Garry) Tansey; daughter, Michele Haas and her husband, Stephen, of Ridgewood; granddaughters, Lindsay and Casey Haas; twin brother, John William Tansey, of Fort Lee; and his nieces and nephews, James, Brian and Lauren Tansey, and Dorien and Ashley Garry.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 4, at 9:15 a.m. from Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94 (1 Vanderhoof Ct. for GPS), Vernon, to Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, Highland Lakes, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Private cremation will follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Association for Cancer Research, 615 Chestnut St., 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106,, or to the Goodwill Fund at Highland Lakes Country Club and Community Association, P.O. Box 578, Highland Lakes, NJ 07422. For directions and online condolences, please see

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 1, 2013
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