Family had owned Wyckoff dairy
Harold Galenkamp Jr., a dairyman who had a long political career in Wyckoff, died Friday. He was 72.
The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said his cousin, Mayor Rudy Boonstra.
Mr. Galenkamp, a Republican and the third-generation owner of Sicomac Dairy, was elected to the Township Committee in 1972 and, except for a 10-year hiatus, served through 2008. His colleagues chose him for mayor a record five times in 1974, 1981, 1996, 2002 and 2005.
Upon retiring from government service, he said he was proudest of his efforts to create recreation space. He also helped secure the donated land for the Gardens of Wyckoff.
Mr. Galenkamp was a link to Wyckoff's agricultural past. Sicomac Dairy, which his grandfather, Lucas Galenkamp, purchased in 1923, delivered milk throughout the area and also sold it in vending machines.
A Record story in 1974 found Mr. Galenkamp in charge of 50 acres and 40 cows, as well as a pair of "ridiculous-looking sheep" and his childhood pet, a Shetland pony named Dolly.
The dairy farm operated into the early 1980s. The land has since been developed.
After the dairy business, Mr. Galenkamp worked as an aide to former state Sen. Henry P. McNamara, R-Wyckoff.
Boonstra, now mayor for a second time, said he believes his cousin's record of five mayoral terms is safe.
Mr. Galenkamp served Wyckoff as long as he did because he cared about the town, Boonstra said, adding that his cousin was a "low-key, good and decent gentleman."
Mr. Galenkamp is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeannine; his daughters, Heidi Misovic and Heather Borst, both of Wyckoff; two brothers, Kenneth of Wyckoff and James of Vermont, and five grandchildren.
Services, under the direction of Vander Plaat Funeral Home, were held Monday at Hawthorne Gospel Church. Burial was in Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Published in The Record on Jan. 22, 2013