WEST HAVEN - Walter "Tad" Mandel passed away peacefully Thursday, October 4, 2012, at his home, surrounded by loved ones.
Tad was born in Cliffside Park, N.J., on October 1, 1927, to Edith (Boyle) and Walter Mandel.
He graduated from Cliffside Park High School and the Lincoln Technical School in Newark, N.J. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and then worked for P.J. Delahanty Co. in Edgewater, N.J. During that time, he was First Mate on C-Scout Explorer Ship 34 in North Bergen, N.J. In 1959, he ran Montvale Esso Service Center with his twin brother, "Dick," in Montvale, N.J. In 1967, he operated Park Ridge Esso Service Station in Park Ridge, N.J., until 1970 when he owned and operated Tad's Automotive Center in Montvale, N.J.
In 1990, he moved to West Haven, Vt. Throughout the years, he was a West Haven Fire Department volunteer; on the Town Planning Commission Board of Adjustment; town moderator; and elected to the Civil Board of Authority, performing several marriages. He also served as a volunteer at the election polls. He was the animal control officer for West Haven. He served on the board of the Fair Haven Rescue Squad. He was a board member of Fair Haven Concerned. He became a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fair Haven where he served on the vestry and as junior warden.
Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Margaret "Peg" (Mezara) Mandel; his sons, Michael Walter Mandel and his wife Claire of Ramsey, N.J., and Robert William Mandel and his wife Jennifer of Guilford, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Mandel, Cooper Mandel, Kyle Mandel, Robert Mandel, Alea Mandel, Maggie Mandel and Sean Mandel; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Spiel, in 1970 and brothers, Robert Mandel, in 2012, and, Richard Mandel, in 2012.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the Durfee Funeral Home, 119 North Main St., Fair Haven, Vt. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fair Haven. A reception will follow at the West Haven Community Center. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
The Mandel family would like to thank everyone at the Rutland Medical Center and the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice and everyone at the Castleton Family Health Center.