Samuel S., II, passed away March 24, 2013 at The Valley Hospital after a short illness.
He was born May 4, 1929 in Paterson, NJ and lived in Ridgewood and vicinity for most of his life. He attended the Peddie School for 2 years, returning to Ridgewood High School to graduate in the class of 1947. While at RHS, he played varsity football and baseball.
After attending Princeton University
for 2 years, he served as Naval Aviator in the US Navy
from 1951-1955. During 1954-1955, he was deployed flying F9F-6 fighter jets from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Essex in the China Sea. At that time the Essex was engaged in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands to Formosa. A crash landing on the deck of the Essex in February 1955 brought his naval career to an abrupt end.
Following a long recovery, he joined the firm of SS Walstrum - Gordon & Forman as a real estate broker until 1975 and was a member of the Northwest Bergen Board of Realtors. He then joined The Valley Hospital transport staff where he worked until 1994. Sam was a longtime member of the Ridgewood Kiwanis Club, serving as president from 1964-65. His 1953 marriage to Virginia Anderson of Ridgewood ended in divorce.
He is survived by his sister, Sallie Herman Bailey of Mesa, Arizona and 3 married children, Samuel William Walstrum II (Donna), Mary Jane Kearns (Steve), and James Halsey Walstrum (Catherine). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Victoria Claire Walstrum, Jessica Nicole Walstrum, Samuel Franklin Walstrum, Jonathan Samuel Kearns, Sarah Pavla Kearns and Rachel Spencer Walstrum.
A memorial service will be held in the village later this spring. Date to be determined. www.vanemburgh.com