EWING - Allan Wesley Drake, 79, of Ewing, died Friday, September 13, 2013.
Born on August 30, 1934, in Trenton, he had been a lifelong Ewing resident. He was the son of the late Ingram Henry Drake and Katharine Goodwin Drake.
Allan graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1952. He then graduated from Rider College in 1956 with a degree in journalism. He joined the U.S. Army
and was stationed in Korea and Japan where he was a reporter
for the Army newspaper, Pacific Stars and Stripes. After his years of army service, Drake went to work at The Trentonian newspaper where he covered Trenton City Hall and the Trenton Board of Education, while also handling features, a weekly column, editing and sports assignments. He subsequently moved on to the Trenton Times where he covered city hall and the state house, as well as investigative assignments. Before joining state government, Drake worked for four years as director of public information for Rider College where he was responsible for handling public relations activities in both the academic and sports areas. He was press secretary to New Jersey Labor and Industry Commissioner, Joseph A. Hoffman before becoming executive assistant to New Jersey Public Advocate, Stanley C. Van Ness upon its inception in 1974, where he established the public information program within the department, while handling media liaison activities, news releases, reports, speeches and a wide range of other assignments, including advisory and administrative duties. In 1997, he retired as executive director of public information for the New Jersey Public Advocate/ Office of the Public Defender.
Drake had a lifelong passion for sports, where he was coach and mentor to many young athletes. He also enjoyed golfing, music, travel and meteorology, as an avid tracker of hurricanes and storm coordinates.
He is survived by his wife, Adele; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Edward Dunn, Karen Drake- Silvestri and Mario Silvestri; four granddaughters, Alexandra, Juliana, Helena and Ella; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, September 16, at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 471 Parkway Ave., Ewing, NJ 08638. Additional calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be private
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Allan's memory to the
, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
For directions or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.poulsonvanhise.com.