H. Ray Vliet
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H. Ray Vliet

Former Edison Fire Chief, H. Ray Vliet, 94, of Edison passed on Monday, March 22, 2021 at home. He was an Edison resident for the past 72 years. An Eagle Scout in his youth, he graduated from Highland Park High School, class of 1945. Joining the US Army, he served as a sergeant in the Constabulary in Germany. Upon returning home, he attended and graduated Television and Radio repair school, starting his own successful business in Edison. He joined Raritan Engine Company #1 in the early fifties. In 1957 he was appointed to the Edison Twp. Paid Fire Department. In 1970, he became the first paid Chief of the Department.

Ray was very active in his community being a past president and lifetime member of the Edison Chamber of Commerce. Other professional and social organizations he was active in included the NJ Police Training Commission, American Legion Post #435, V.F.W. Post 3117, the Holland American Society of New York, a Master Mason in the Mt. Zion Lodge 135, Director of the NJ State Fire College, instructor at the FBI Academy, Past President of the International Association of Arson investigators and guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities. He was most proud of his family and service to others.

Ray was predeceased by his parents, Harold B. and Anna M. Vliet. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ilse; his daughter, Nancy Lamkie and her husband Albert; his son Harold R. Vliet, Jr. and his wife Donna; his brother, Joseph Richard of Cincinnati Ohio; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Cynthia, Lindsay, Harold, and Mitchell; and his greatgrandchildren, John, Nolan, Emma, Brody, Samantha and Alexandra.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 4-7PM ay Boylan Funeral Home, 10 Wooding Avenue, Edison. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, 10AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen.




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Published in Home News Tribune from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2021.
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March 24, 2021
It is so sad for me to see that this great person that Ray was, has passed away, I served as Fire Chief in Highland Park in 1982 - 84 with Ray serving in Edison at the time. Always ready to help and always had kind words for every one, He will be missed. Ex Chief Carmen Manero
carmen manero
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March 23, 2021
Wonderful warm memories that go back to the early 1960’s! So many church outings, shared experiences over three generations. What a special man who always gave so much to others. What a great sense of humor... his life was a blessing.
Judy Delahunty
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March 23, 2021
Wonderful warm memories that go back to the early 1960’s! So many church outings, shared experiences over three generations. What a special man who always gave so much to others. What a great sense of humor... his life was a blessing. What
Judy Delahunty
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March 23, 2021
Only good things come to my mind and heart in memories but I know losing someone so special is still very hard. My love and spirit are with Ilse, Nancy, Hal and all of your families...........we may be apart but always close in the heart. Love and peace, Cousin Vicky (Scaccia) Peltier
Victoria M Peltier
Family
March 23, 2021
Sincere condolences from the Jennings Family.
J.P. JENNINGS
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March 22, 2021
I am sorry to read of Chief Vliet’s passing. He was a good friend of my father and he served the people of Edison Township for many years.
Paul Runyon
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March 22, 2021
So sorry to hear the chief and my father were friends for years his passing was tuff to hear my condolences to his family R.I.P. Chief
John Criss
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March 22, 2021
H. Ray was A life long friend. Ron and I were so privileged to know this amazing man. Our deepest sympathy to his family. We go back many years all great memories. I first met Ray when he was a television repair man and made house calls. Ron knew Ray through his mom n dad. We thank him for guiding Ron and giving him the Edison firefighter job. For this we are forever great full . H . Rays family is our family. Grew up with all of them .. Church , School and fire department. H. Ray you will be missed. And we know you have inspired so many lives. RIP our lifelong friend
Anne/Ron kermes
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