With some chills, thrills, ghouls, goblins and festively costumed spirits of the night and day, the annual Fair Haven Egg Hunt and Halloween Parade set a seasonal tone on Sunday.
The community is in mourning. The marquee and memorial buntings draped on the Fair Haven Firehouse mark the passing of one of its own … one who served a community he loved.
Memorial services are set to begin on Tuesday for former Fair Havenite, Rumsonite and avid community emergency services volunteer Joseph B. Truex Sr.,54, who passed away on June 6. He was living in Little Silver at the time of his passing.
A life celebration is set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. It will be followed by a mass of christian burial on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank. Interment will be private.
From Joe’s obituary …
Born in Oceanport to Raymond and Rita, Joe was well-known as a civically-minded man who constantly gave back to his community. He served in the Fair Haven Fire Department for 16 years and was a three-time captain of its First Aid Squad.
Before that, Joe had served as captain of the Rumson EMS. He was also a more than 20 year member of the Middletown Auxiliary Police Department.
Joe is predeceased by: his father, Raymond; and his brothers Michael and Thomas.
He is survived by: his beloved wife Ethel; his mother, Rita; his loving sons, Raymond, Joseph Jr., Brian, Benjamin, David Ruthenbeck Jr. and Kevin Ruthenbeck; his dear grandchildren, Tyler and Skylar; and his siblings, Philip, Jake, Kate Portee and Patricia White.
A tribute to Joe will follow after his funeral. RIP, Joe. You are remembered.
You’ve seen them. Those little red and white flags. As Memorial Day approaches, the little memorial flags from fire companies pop up on lawns or any other fitting places to remember members who served and passed.
Longtime Fair Haven resident and veteran member and past president of the Fair Haven Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary, Ruth A. Sonnichsen Binaco passed away on April 24. She was 88.
With the recent passing of Fair Haven’s Donny Frank — policeman, fireman and first aider — we are reminded of some history-making firsts for the borough that tend to get lost in the, well, passing of time.
So, here in the Retro Pic of the Day is an enlightening picture of a factoid that resurfaced like, say, a deep sea diver from the vast waters — sort of like Donny Frank and friends emerging with an expanded rescue idea for the Fair Haven First Aid Squad (or Corps) back in 1962.
The line to get into the annual Fair Haven Fire Department’s Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday night was as long, winding and enjoyable as a mouthful of spaghetti twirling on a fork, making its way into a hungry gullet.
Well, the weather report for the weekend calls for temperatures warming up and a little rain. You could say that fair weather bodes well this weekend for a couple of Fair Haven events.
The mourning buntings have once again been hung on the Fair Haven Firehouse. The marquee is a mere microcosm of the long story of a lifelong Fair Havenite’s service to his town and his passing.
Santa has begun making the rounds lately. He’s been seen in Rumson, Fair Haven, Red Bank and is slated to arrive in Sea Bright soon as well as many other towns. It’s that time of the year.
But, what you may not realize is that Santa has made many house calls in the past (and sometimes in the present, too). It’s pretty common knowledge that Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick has been known to not only hitch a ride on the Fair Haven fire truck to make a grand entrance at the annual tree lighting or appear at the firehouse for those classic photos with the kids, but he has also been sighted on the firetruck and stopping off at some kids’ houses.
That little tradition started way back when with a few visits to good little girls and boys about town. House calls.
In fact, in this photo from the 1960s, Santa popped in on the Connor kids of the longtime Connor family of Fair Haven.
Which kids are these Santa gawkers? And how about that Santa. There’s one longtime Fair Haven Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary member who says this is her favorite Santa? Why? Hmmmm … And who does this Mr. Claus resemble (or double as)?
Thanks to the Connor family for sharing this gem!
Well, the Fair Haven Fire Department grounds were flush with oldies on Sunday — cars, trucks and some old-timers themselves.
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
It’s a time for trophies and oldies. This weekend marks the 18th annual Fair Haven Fire Department Fire Police & Auxiliary Car Show.