Obituary of Robert L. Ferris, Jr.
Robert Louis Ferris, Jr. of Brick, passed away April 26 at home from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 92.
He was born in Plainfield, NJ to Agnes (Lundy) and Robert L. Ferris, Sr. He attended Metuchen and Plainfield schools and was graduated from Plainfield High School. A proud member of the class of 1949, he stayed in contact with classmates, organizing seasonal get-togethers.
He was graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in Engineering in 1953. He joined the Navy, attending OTC in Newport, VA graduating as a Second Lieutenant.
Bob married his beloved Kathleen Griffin (also PHS ’49) and they headed west as he served as Executive Officer on the minesweeper USS Cormorant in the Sea of Japan. They lived in Long Beach, CA and Sasebo, Japan before returning to NJ.
He received his M.A. in Business Management from Rutgers University in 1965. He worked for Western Electric, Kearny as an industrial engineer while the family was living in Scotch Plains. In 1976, the company (having become AT&T) transferred the family to North Little Rock, Arkansas. While in AR, he was an active member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. An avid sports fan, he had season tickets to the Arkansas Travelers baseball team.
Bob moved back to NJ in 2008 following the death of his wife. He settled in Greenbriar 1. He was active with the Point Pleasant Historical Society, St. Martha’s RC Church, the Old Guard of Brick and several coffee klatches around town.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard and his wife Kathleen. He is survived by his three children Kathleen Heim (and Jeffrey), Point Pleasant; Paul, Cranford; and Jean, Bay Head.
Memorial visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 3 at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. At 11 a.m. a Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Martha, Point Pleasant, followed by inurnment at the BGWCD Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to either the ACLU-NJ www.aclu-nj.org , Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org or Save Barnegat Bay www.savebarnegatbay.org
Tributes and condolences are welcome at www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com
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