Walter R. Jr., of Pompton Plains, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012. He was 95.
Born on September 6, 1917 in Hackensack, NJ, Walter was the step-son of Spencer D. Baldwin and the son of Kathryn (née Offermann) Ash, Sr. He served as a member of the Hackensack Police Reserve. During World War II Walter served in the US Army. He graduated from Pace Institute with a degree in accounting. On March 6, 1948 he married his wife, Elise Daehnhardt (deceased in 1981). In 1948, he moved to River Edge, NJ, where he was a founding member of the River Edge Police Reserve. Walter was the owner of Lavery-Daehnhardt Lumber, a family business. In 1962 the Ash Family moved to Oradell, NJ. He worked for Paid Prescription until his retirement in 1982.
In 1974 Walter moved to Saddle River, where he began his distinguished career of service. He served on the Bicentennial committee in 1975. In 1977, Walter was appointed to the zoning board where he became chairman in 1979. In 1980 he was appointed to the borough council. From 1984 to 1987, Walter served as mayor of the Borough of Saddle River. From 1988 to 1995 he served as Chief of the Saddle River Fire Department. From 1989 to 1999 Walter served as a member of the planning board, and in 1989 he was appointed the Emergency Management Coordinator, a position he maintained until retirement. Additionally, he worked as a fire inspector and official for the Borough. The position in Saddle River that Walter most fondly remembers was that of school crossing guard, a position that he held from 1997 until he retired in 2007. Upon retirement at age 89, Walter moved to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains, NJ.
In 2010, Walter Ash was awarded the key to the Borough of Saddle River, only the second person to be given such an honor.
Walter is survived by his three children, Walter R. Ash III, Elise A. Rigoletti, and Bruce E. Ash, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 10 AM at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home in Pompton Plains. Interment will follow at the Hackensack Cemetery. The family will receive visitors on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter's memory may be made to the Hospice of New Jersey, 400 Broadcasters Drive, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Oct. 14, 2012