George James Terwilliger, Jr., of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, aged 91, passed from this world on July 29, 2017 following a long illness.
Born in 1925 in North Tarrytown, NY, he was preceded in death by his father, George J. Terwilliger, Sr., his mother, Katherine B. Terwilliger (nee, Macey), and his wife of 61 years Ruth N. Terwilliger (nee, Melillo). A graduate of North Tarrytown High School and Newark College of Engineering, he was a decorated combat veteran of the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII, serving on the amphibious invasion support ship LCS 7 until it was sunk during the battle of Leyte Gulf in February, 1945, as well as aboard the USS William C. Cole (DE 641), before completing his honorable discharge in 1947. Prior to moving to the Jersey Shore in retirement, he was a 50 year resident of Metuchen. Recently, he resided at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park.
Dedicating much of his professional life to public service, he served terms as the municipal engineer in South Plainfield, Highland Park, Metuchen, Manville, Piscataway and Edison, while also operating a successful private practice in civil engineering and land surveying in Metuchen from 1964 until 1992. He also was a member of the corporate engineering team at Hess Oil in the early 1960s, overseeing the development of 65 new service stations.
An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, he enjoyed countless hours with family and friends fishing, hunting and skiing in many locations around the country, a passion that he passed on to future generations. He was also a dedicated aviation enthusiast from a young age, early on becoming a master builder of radio-controlled model airplanes, and later obtaining his private pilot’s license.
His greatest passion, though, was for family, to whom he was always present and available with love, encouragement and support. His example of hard work, compassion, strength of character, and love of country and family will sustain his memory in all those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his children, George III (Carol) of Alexandria, VA, Katherine Pease (Joseph) of Cranbury, NJ, and James (Patricia) of Cross River, NY, his close cousins, Andrew Kisela of Shohola, PA, and Dorothy Mallory of Silver Spring, MD, six grandchildren (Sarah, Zach, Alison, Virginia, JT and Grace) and three great grandchildren (Luke, Charlotte and, George IV, his namesake ).
Visitation will be on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27), Metuchen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on August 5, 2017 at 10:15 am at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, 32 Elm St., Metuchen. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the NJ Veterans Memorial Home, http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/menloparkmh/forms/MemorialDonationForm.pdf