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GEORGE BECKER REISS died peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in Stuart, FL. He was 89 years old. Born in South Orange, NJ to Henry Victor and Mary Florence Reiss, George spent his early years in South Orange Village where his family were early settlers. George and his beloved wife Mary raised their family in Madison, NJ followed by time in Monmouth Beach, Atlantic Highlands, NJ and Hobe Sound, FL. After graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, Mr. Reiss entered the Navy to serve in WWII and spent 3 years in the Pacific as a Naval Radioman at Pacific Fleet Submarine HQ and at advanced bases in the Aleutians, Australia, South and Central Pacific and in the Philippines. He was a 1948 Honors Graduate of Seton Hall University followed by NYU Graduate School. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars #10132. Mr. Reiss joined NJ Bell Telephone in 1948 and served in the Marketing, Engineering and Directory Departments. He also spent several years at AT&T Long Lines in NYC. He retired from NJ Bell in 1983. During the early years of the "Cold War", Mr. Reiss was a Special Deputy Sheriff responsible for Civil Defense Communications at the Essex County Courthouse. A long time volunteer, he served as a Boy Scout & Cub Scout Leader, Little League coach and was a long time member and former Captain of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corp. When he moved to Monmouth County, he served as docent and Tour Guide at the Twin Lights State Historic Site in Highlands. He was an Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commissioner, the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and a member of the AH Recreation Committee. Always an avid sailboat sailor, he was a member of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club and the Shrewsbury River Power Squadron. He volunteered at Monmouth Medical Center and at Lunch Break in Red Bank. George and his wife have been snowbirds for over 30 years...spending over 25 years as volunteers at Jupiter Medical Center and the YMCA of Martin County. He was a member of the St. Lucie River Power Squadron and served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Hobe Sound Library. George and Mary loved to travel and cruised the world on over 75 cruises. They were devout Catholics who attended daily mass at Holy Cross in Rumson, NJ and at St. Christopher's in Hobe Sound. They enjoyed every day to its fullest. George is survived by the love of his life, the girl next door, Mary Therese with whom he recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. Also surviving are his sons Paul and his wife Dee of West Caldwell and Tom and his wife Maureen of Slaughter Beach, DE and daughters Patricia of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Kathleen and her husband Philip of Bedminster, NJ and Hobe Sound, FL, Maureen and her husband Tom of Annandale, NJ and Beth and her husband Jim of New Providence, NJ as well as their loving grandchildren Colleen and her husband Luke, Erryn and her husband Danny, Matt, Caitlin, Ryan, Greg and Allie and great-grandson Peter. George is also survived by his 3 sisters.....Joan Fleming of Madison, NJ, Shirley Smith of So. Chatham, MA and Virginia Nee of Bethany Beach, DE as well as many loving nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to
. A Memorial Mass and Military Honors will take place at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 12001 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL on Saturday, 3/15/14 at 10:15 a.m. A Celebration of George's Life will also be held in NJ at a later date.
Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 8, 2014