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George J Hoey

AGE: 87 • Keansburg

George Joseph Hoey passed away peacefully on June 20, 2017 with his family at his side. Born December 23, 1929 in Glen Ridge, N.J. he grew up in Bloomfield and served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate aboard the USS LSMR 520.

He worked for General Motors in Hillside for 18 years before moving to Keansburg in 1965 where he was a mail carrier for 25 years, retiring in 1990.

In retirement, he worked many years for Fine Flowers in Middletown (just a suggestion). A member of New Point Comfort Fire Company No. 1 in Keansburg, George volunteered for 52 years, first as a firefighter and later as a fire police officer. He also served as the company's president and as a member of its board of trustees.

George was a little league coach in Keansburg where, perhaps without realizing it at the time, he was sowing the seeds of countless friendships with players that would last a lifetime- and he taught them a little about baseball, too.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 59 years, Barbara (nee Kirk). His son George of Union, Catherine of New York, N.Y. and Brenda of Keansburg. Daughter-in-law Bettina Hoey, son-in-law John Doran, grandchildren Luke and Evan Hoey, and cherished family friend Sherry "Bombers" Novembre of Somerville, N.J. He was also looked upon as a father by many others. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Kathleen Lovett and Margaret Kunis.

George loved the Brooklyn Dodgers and the music of Hank Williams. He enjoyed gardening and keeping his pool always ready for his grandsons. Admittedly baffled by technology, in recent years he became a voracious Kindle reader beside his adoring cat, Monty.

Impromptu gatherings in George's backyard were many and legendary, and he was a late-night fixture. His welcoming nature, contagious laugh and strong sense of self forged an uncommon bliss apparent to all who knew him. As one of his grandsons put it, "I never knew anyone who was so 'in the moment'."

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 4-8 pm John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:15 am at Church of St. Ann, 311 Carr Avenue, Keansburg.

George disdained the phrase "in lieu of flowers;" he loved flowers. But for those wishing to do so, please consider a donation in George's name to the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, njbca.org. For more information, to send condolences or for directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 22, 2017
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