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Andrew J. "Andy" Wilson

Interlaken - Andrew J. "Andy" Wilson of Interlaken died Tuesday, May 15. Andy was born in Newark, to the late Caroline and Andrew Wilson. The family summered in Ocean Grove and became year round residents in 1939. In his boyhood days he enjoyed the beach, surf fishing, Boy Scouts, camping, working at Howard Smith Hardware and being a Junior Fireman of the Washington Fire Company. Upon graduating from Neptune High School in 1945, he joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Arkansa. Following his discharge, thanks to the GI Bill of Rights, he graduated from Seton Hall University. He then went on to Forham Law School while working summers as a mailman in Ocean Grove, doing deliveries for Olin Street Market, putting time in at the hardware store, selling postcards and working at a title company in New York City after classes two nights a week. In addition her served on the Washington Fire Company and First Aid Squad. In 1951, he married his sweetheart and best friend, Muriel Smith. After graduation from law school and passing the Bar Exam in 1952, he was employed by James R. Laird, Esquire in Asbury Park. Soon after, the partnership of Laird and Wilson was formed and the opened and office in Ocean Grove. During his career, he served as an attorney for the Neptune Township Board of Education and the United Methodist Homes of New Jersey and was the municipal attorney in Interlaken and Neptune City for 17 years and several years in Neptune and Wall Township. Andy enjoyed fishing, boating, golf, traveled extensively and when he was forty he discovered the love of his life - skiing. He was a devoted grandfather and enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the beach, amusement parks and road trips and tried to get them to enjoy fishing and skiing as much as he did. Each grandchild was taken to Washington, DC for their twelfth birthday to help the appreciate their country. He was past president of the Asbury Park Rotary Club and a Paul Harris recipient. He loved the Jersey Shore, his profession and most of all, his family. He was a good and honorable man. Andy will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 66 years, Muriel, by his beloved daughters, Kathy Silvester of Vermont, Linda Fitzpatrick and her husband Tom and Peggy Wilson all of New Jersey. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, Tom and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Emily Sprogis, Lindsey Estep and Patrick and Jacqueline Briody. Last but not least, are his five cherished great grandchildren, McKayla, Madison and Mila Fitzpatrick, and Juris Sprogis and Colin Estep. Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A private graveside service will be held at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. In lieu of flowers, leave with fond memories of a good man.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 16, 2018
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