Well, ’tis the season for the classic Easter egg hunt. There have been many over the years and the past weekend in the R-FH area. And there are bound to be more over the Easter weekend in many a back yard.
Rumson resident and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate Edwin Austin Pomphrey passed away on April 21 in Long Branch. He was 29.
Born at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, Austin grew up in Rumson, graduated from RFH in 2006 and University of South Carolina in 2010 with a business degree in Risk Management & Insurance. He partnered with his father in business at E.L. Pomphrey, LLC, a local painting and construction company, his obituary said.
Known as “a kind, compassionate and generous person throughout his life to anyone who knew him,” Austin “had a good heart and cared deeply for his family and friends,” his family said in his obituary.
Austin was an avid and enthusiastic NY Jets and SC Gamecock fan. He prided himself in his accomplishments, “the biggest of all being a sincere and adoring loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He will be so unbearably missed by us all.”
Austin is predeceased by: his maternal grandfather Carl L. Higgins; his paternal grandparents, Edwin and Mina Pomphrey; and his uncle, Stephen Higgins.
He is survived by: his loving parents Edwin L. Pomphrey Jr. and Sarah (Higgins), of Rumson; his sister, Lindsay Pomphrey and her fiancée Phil Shaheen Jr., of Fair Haven; his nephew Tradd; his maternal grandmother, Flora Higgins, of Colts Neck; a great aunt Lyndl Marshall, of NYC; his aunts and uncles, Ted Higgins, of Neptune, Allen and Marie Gallagher, of Rumson, Rich and Sheri Runne, of Rumson; and his first cousins, Kelli Pomphrey, of Eatontown, Darren Gallagher, of Rumson, Matt Gallagher, of Fair Haven and Dylan Runne, of Rumson; and many cousins and extended family members.
Visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, on Tuesday, April 25, from 4 to 8 p.m..
The funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, 4 East River Road, Rumson, on Wednesday, April 26, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Middletown.
— Obituary, courtesy of John E. Day Funeral Home
More than a decade ago, the classmates in the RFH Class of 2006 were the newbies in the hallowed halls — freshmen. Then sophomores. Then juniors … and seniors, graduates and, well, for the past decade, alumnus.
There was a 10-year reunion on Saturday at which these old friends, some who have been buds since kindergarten, got a chance to reminisce about the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly times in their journeys together.
There were those birthday parties with the entire class, cupcakes and messy little mugs. There were those kid sleepovers where there wasn’t much sleep and a lot of pranking. There were field days, class trips, Halloweens, parades, Stokes, proms, summers at the beach, the river, games and graduation and partying. And there were those little things … like shortcut walks to school replete with a trip and fall into the creek or hangin’ a loose with Silvio at Umberto’s after school.
That was then. And now … Well, now those “kids” on their way to their third decade in life, with one solid in adulthood.
They’re hitting 30 soon and making their parents feel pretty old.
So, out of respect for the elders and honoring memories, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day features some of the youngsters of the Class of 2006 with: a peek back to eighth grade and the Knollwood Class of 2002; a glimpse at some freshmen fun hanging out with buds; and a little junior year rewind to a trek into the NYC with a few friends at Christmas time.
Take a look back and recall the days of old with the Class of 2006. Recognize any of these kids?
And, reportedly, a good time was had by all.
Judging by the looks on their faces in the photos and some comments tossed around on Facebook, the grads of the RFH Class of 2006 had fun times reuniting at their 10th reunion on Saturday at Nauvoo Grill Club in Fair Haven … and assorted other places thereafter.
“Our RFH 10 year reunion was a huge success! Such a great time last night,” said classmate Kevin Wong in a post with the above featured photo. “Thank you to everyone that came out!”
Recognize anyone? Your favorite Class of 2006 memory? Tell us about it for our special Class of 2006 Retro Pic(s) of the Day feature for later.
Cheers to the RFH Class of 2006!
It’s prom time!
So, what else could Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect do but feature retro prom pics as the Retro Pic(s) of the Day.
These three photos feature couples from the 70s to the RFH Class of 2006 and 2014.
Have fun tonight, juniors! And, send us your prom pics at firstname.lastname@example.org!
It’s time for some more warm summer thoughts mixed with a little peek into a popular scene and its people.
We’re also sort of answering a challenge.
When we ran our Retro Pic of the Day not long ago that featured Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair regular at the Big Six tent, lifetime Fair Havenite Tom Kirman, it ended up getting more hits than any story or post in the, albeit brief, history of Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect — more than 1,000 and counting.
We also posted a little blurb announcing that fun fact. Dave Ballatori, RFH grad and co-worker of Kirman’s at the tent, gave his own, let’s say, five cents worth on the post and Kirman’s apparent popularity.
If you’ve frequented Fairwinds Deli over the years, as many have, you probably know Dave.
So, let’s see just how popular he is. Will his photo get more clicks or come close to Kirman’s click count?