Frank H. Bridge

Frank H. Bridge

Ocean Grove

Frank H. Bridge, of Ocean Grove, passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Born in Midland Park to Phoebe Munson Drew and Frank Hampson Bridge on May 18, 1922, Mr. Bridge lived in both Wyckoff and Belleville, graduating from Belleville High School in 1939. From 1939 to 1941, he was employed at Essex Lumber and Supply, owned by his father. He enlisted in the United States Navy the day after Pearl Harbor where he served in the Naval Air wing of the United States Navy. During his enlistment, he was a Radioman First Class on a Catalina PBY amphibious plane that saw action in the Central Pacific theatre during World War II. His plane was downed at sea three times in the Pacific during his tenure with the crew. At the conclusion of the war, he was training to become a fighter pilot. In 1944, he married Astrid Carlson of Belleville. Moving to High Crest Lake in West Milford in 1951, they raised four daughters and resided there until moving to Ocean Grove in 1969. Mr. Bridge owned and operated Essex Lumber and Supply Company along with a construction company during that time in both Belleville, and Newfoundland, NJ. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the First DeWitt Savings and Loan in Belleville for 49 years. From 1967 through 1983, he worked in the insurance industry becoming a General Agent for State Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the Belleville Masonic Lodge for 65 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner, and a member with the Provost Guard in the 1950's. He was also a member of the Belleville Lion's Club. Mr.Bridge owned and operated his own construction company during the 1980's and early 1990's in Ocean Grove and the Neptune area building many of the early revival Victorian homes during that time. In his later retirement years until the present, he has been the Construction Coordinator for the Habitat of Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County where he has supervised the construction of many Habitat Homes working with his wonderful group of volunteers. Mr. Bridge was a beloved father, husband and friend, always present with a positive and helpful attitude.

He leaves his wife, Astrid, of 68 years and four daughters, Karen Eastin and the late Gary Eastin of Ocean Grove, Lynn and Glenn Noland of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Barbara and Richard Braun of Mystic Island, and Suzanne and Michael Remski of Merrimack, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren, Robert and (Elizabeth) Eastin, Neptune, Linnea Eastin and (Avram) Fechter, Washington, DC, Richard and (Emily) Noland, Marlborough, Massachusetts, David and (Kathryn) Noland, Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Christine Noland and Neil Orlofske, Jersey City, Carol Noland, Washington, DC, and Andrew Noland, Ocean Grove. He also leaves five much loved great-grandchildren, Garrett and Thomas Eastin, Alana and Evan Fechter, and Sophia Noland.

Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and from 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, with funeral services beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Ave., Ocean Grove. Entombment will follow at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth, P.O Box 416, Little Silver, NJ 07739 would be appreciated. To e-mail a condolence message, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 22, 2013