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Focus: Car Show Cruising

The Fair Haven Fire Department Fire Police & Auxiliary Car Show made its 18th appearance on the firehouse grounds on Sunday.

In the hopes of having a bit more sun to shine on the day, organizers shifted it to the rain date from the originally planned Saturday event.

There was a big showing and turnout.

Take a look (and please forgive the blurriness of some of the photos. The photographer was a bit out of focus herself with a fall cold.) But, don’t forget to enlarge! Enjoy!

— Elaine Van Develde

The R-FH Area Weekend: Tavernfest, Car Show, Harvestfest, Haunted Theater, Lantern Tour

Rumson-Fair Haven area folks are falling for the spirit of the fall season like kids to a pile of leaves. And the weekend leaves no option but to partake in or at least toss around some activity options. There are many.

Here’s what’s going on in the area this weekend:

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Memorial Services Set for Fair Haven’s Will Jakubecy, 32

“In a perfect world we would all get the chance to say goodbye to each other before leaving. Unfortunately like we’ve experienced with many other friends and loved ones that just isn’t the case.”  ~ AJ Fox ~ excerpt of a Facebook post to Will Jakubecy

The Fair Haven community and beyond has been blanketed with sadness, shock and a lot of love since hearing of the sudden death of 32-year-old Will Jakubecy on July 20.

Messages and photos in remembrance of the Fair Haven native flooded social media, honing in on a vibrant life well-lived, shared and taken too soon.

And on July 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., the remembrance will continue with first a visitation at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. It will be followed by a “Big Ass Repast,” according to Will’s obituary, at the Fair Haven Firehouse on Saturday at 2 p.m. for which all who loved Will are invited to come equipped with their favorite stories and photos of him.

As for any other details … the family, in his tribute, asks that “in lieu of flowers, please hold your loved ones close and call your mother. She worries.”

Will’s obituary/tribute from John E. Day Funeral Home, put together by his loved ones, paints the picture of his life … and it’s a giant canvas filled with bright color and unabashed detail.

Here it is … RIP, Will Jakubecy. You are remembered.

Wil Jakubecy
Photo/Jakubecy family via John E. Day Funeral Home

“On July 20, 2017 our hearts were forever broken when Will was taken home on a country road. Will passed away due to unknown heart disease and stubbornness.

Will grew up in Fair Haven and attended Knollwood School. There he terrorized his teachers and made lifelong friendships with many.  He put in his four years at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School where he had a notorious football career as a stud fullback with the Bulldogs. Number 33 was known as “The Tank.” A man of tradition, he painted himself green and streaked through the halls of RFH on St. Patrick’s Day.

Will graduated from West Virginia University and was a proud Mountaineer. He rarely missed a football game and was a die-hard fan of Blue & Gold.  “BZ” or “Be Easy” was a familiar face at Mario’s Fishbowl and all the local pubs of Morgantown. He never missed a chance to toss ‘em back and chase some girls.

After college, Will packed up his ski gear and moved to Bend, Oregon where he perfected his big mountain powder style. He upped his game on various back country trails with great friends and family. He was always prepared with a lifter in the pocket of his jacket.

Will came home and picked up a trowel to work alongside his dad and best friend, Bill.  He became an accomplished mason, and they enjoyed many lunch breaks at Val’s Tavern.  He eventually moved on to work with his cousin Jake and the dockbuilders of Local 1556.

Will travelled the world in search of the best powder with the West Long Branch Ski Club. He was a proud member of the esteemed club within the club, The Bushwackers. There he was named “Soaring Eagle” for the obvious reasons.

An all-American boy, Will enjoyed many sports including softball, hunting and fishing.  He swung his bat for The Machine in the Rumson Townie Softball League with his dad and longtime buddies.  The whitetail population of Monmouth County can sleep a little easier knowing Will has finally hung up his bow. His presence will be sorely missed at the Muzzy Stump Shoot this year and every year to come.

Will was the proud godfather of three: Johnny, Cole and Timmy. Not especially religious, he shared few bible verses, but he taught them loyalty, kindness and strength. He loved them hard and taught them how to properly have a good time. He made sure they would become aces in the snow and knew how to hold a rod & reel.

Will’s beloved dogs, Tanner & Clay, will never be the same.  When you see them running through Fair Haven Fields, please send them home.

Will is predeceased by his grandparents Carl & Margaret Jakubecy and Jack Costello and his Aunt Jackie Lake. He also is giving Heaven some Hell with his cousin Mike Sharkey.

Will is survived by countless heartbroken friends and family members, most importantly his parents Joy (Costello) & Bill Jakubecy, his sister and brother-in-law Alison & Kevin Countryman and his beloved nephew & niece Timmy & Maggie. He is not survived by any children of his own (as far as we know).”

 

Focus: Fair Haven Fire Department’s Triple Wetdown

Call it a christening of sorts — a wetdown. It’s the traditional ceremony celebrating new trucks and honoring the retired ones by hosing them down, the drivers of the old ones turning over the hose to the new.

And the Fair Haven Fire Department Triple Wetdown Dedication did just that on Sunday to celebrate the arrival of a new (1372 Mack) truck and two command vehicles (1366 and 1355), a fire chief’s command and first responder command vehicle. The old 1372 was retired after 41 years of service.

The celebration is a grand one in fire company tradition. In addition to the wetdown rite of passage, there’s a community party with music, food and drink and fire departments from all over joining in the welcoming of the new and retiring of the old.

Take a look … (Be sure to CLICK on each pic to enlarge!)

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Fair Haven Fire Department Installation Dinners

Photos by Kathy Robbins … Slideshow by Elaine Van Develde

The Fair Haven Fire Department recently had its Installation Dinner. Every year, traditionally on the Saturday after the New Year, new line officers are officially installed and honored and outgoing officers and members are honored in a thank you dinner dance — a festive gathering for good times and the making of milestone moments.

Our Retro Pic of the Day today has turned into several retro pics in a slide show honoring the Fair Haven Fire Department’s Installation Dinners of the past.

A special thank you to Kathy Robbins, who provided all the photos!

Just click the center arrow and then the bottom right icon to enlarge. Enjoy! And congrats and thank you to all the members of the Fair Haven Fire Department’s Fire Company, First Aid Squad, Fire Police and Ladies’ Auxiliary.  RIP to those in this slideshow who have passed.

Focus: New Year’s Day Fun at Fair Haven Firehouse

It’s a first day of the new year tradition.

Fire and first aid companies reorganize, naming new line officers. And festivities take hold at fire houses all over.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect made it to Fair Haven where there were a lot of familiar faces from all around the area — and a few reunions of RFHers.

Take a look …

And congratulations to the new line officers! They are:

Fire Company

Tim Morrissey, chief; Matt DePonti, deputy chief; Christopher Schrank, first assistant; Matthew Bufano, second assistant.

First Aid

Kim Ambrose, captain; Katy Frissora, first lieutenant; Daniel Kane, second lieutenant.

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: FHFD Car Show

The sun was out and there was a lot of vintage car reflecting and showcasing at the 17th Annual Fair Haven Fire Police and Fire Department Auxiliary Car Show on Saturday afternoon.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect missed some crowning moments, but managed to get there to grab some photos to give a glimpse into the day.

Tom Kelly’s Dodge Dart got a prize (photo contributed by Evie Connor Kelly included below). We missed that moment, but arrived right after for some lingering chat and show’s end time.

Oh, and there was a birthday boy on the grounds. Happy Birthday, former Chief Dan Kane!

Take a look at some of the final moments of the day …

— Elaine Van Develde

 

Retro FH Fire Company Picnicking

A gathering of Fair Haven Fire Department folks of the past. Photo/FHFD Yearbook, courtesy of Evie Connor Kelly
A gathering of Fair Haven Fire Department folks of the past.
Photo/FHFD Yearbook, courtesy of Evie Connor Kelly

On the cusp of Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, thoughts turn to the longtime members of the fire company who have made it happen every single year for more than a century.

The people of the fire company have remained friends for generations. And outside of the fair, they have always gathered with their families for many a social event.

There are many memories.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors those memories of camaraderie and fun with a look back decades ago to a picnic party.

Check out the cat eye sunglasses. That’s a giveaway of the era.

Do you know when this pic was taken? Recognize any of the adults? Kids? Who’s a fireman now?

— Elaine Van Develde