In Memoriam: Obituaries

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Published on December 15, 2011 with No Comments

Charles P. Connell Jr.

Charles P. “Chip” Connell, Jr., 67, of Little Silver, died on Sunday December 11 at St. Barnabas Hospice. He was born in Kingston, N.Y. and lived most of his life in New York City until moving to Little Silver in 1975. Chip was a graduate and active alumnus of Xavier High School in Manhattan and chaired his 50th class reunion this past spring. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and completed his MBA at Long Island University.

Chip was a realtor with Coldwell Banker of Rumson for many years and served as an IT consultant for AIG. He was a past captain of the Little Silver Fire Police, a trustee of the fire company and a member of the local traffic safety committee. He was a communicant of St. James R. C. Church of Red Bank.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles P. Connell, Sr. and Mary Lodge Connell and his eldest son, Charles P. Connell, III. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; his sons, Ed Connell and his significant other, Emmy Oberg of Portland, Oregon and Ryan Connell and significant other, Jen Adams; and his daughter Marianne Ventrello and her husband, Teo of Denver, Colorado.

John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave. Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Little Silver Fire Department 543 Prospect Ave. Little Silver, NJ 07739.

Robert W. Johnston

Robert W. Johnston, 73, of Navesink, died November 30. He was born in Neptune and lived in Navesink for over 50 years. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked as a police officer for the Middletown Township police department for 25 years. He was a volunteer fireman and former president and captain of the Navesink Hook & Ladder Co. He was also a member of the Rumson Senior Citizen club.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann Johnston; two sons, Kenneth William Johnston and his wife Nancy, John Henry Johnston and his wife Camille; four grandchildren, Brenda Morgan and her husband Patrick, Marybeth Leathers and her husband Randy, John-Anthony Johnston, Cecillia Johnston; five great grandchildren, Jacqulynn, Leland, Andrew, Avery, Eli; three brothers, William Johnston, Joseph Johnston, Mike Barrett; and two sisters-in law Diane Cross, Joanne Devlin.

Robert was preceded in death by son, Robert Andrew Johnston.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made to the Rumson Senior Citizens Club, c/o of Mary Ann Johnston.

Dr. Houshang Hakim

Dr. Houshang Hakim, 90, son of the late Jollynoose and Badieh Hakim, died on Nov. 8 at his daughter’s home in Charleston, South Carolina where he resided. Dr. Hakim was born in Tehran, Iran and was a resident of this country since 1947 after completing medical school at the Tehran Medical University.

He spent ten years in internship and general surgical residency training, which began with his internship at Saint Barnabas and then Jersey City Medical Center, then serving as a surgical resident for three years at Newark City Hospital, one year pathology residency at Saint Barnabas Hospital, and five years in general and thoracic surgical residency at Monmouth Medical Center. He maintained his private practice in Middletown, while on staff as a surgical attending physician at Riverview Medical Center for over 50 years and Bayshore Community Hospital.

Dr. Hakim also served as an assistant medical examiner for Monmouth County for 22 years until he retired at the age of 82. He will always be remembered for his unconditional commitment to his family, friends and community.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rosemarie Hakim. Surviving are his daughters Doreen Hakim Bobrow of West Chester, Pa. and Juliana Murphy and her husband Christopher Murphy of Charleston, S.C.; his brothers: Jamshid Hakim of Pocono Pine, Pa. and Farshid Hakim of Cheshire, Conn. and his four grandchildren: Katharine Heatherington of Charleston, S.C., Alyson Murphy of Charleston, S.C., Douglas Bobrow of Harrisburg, Pa., and William Bobrow of Philadelphia, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Houshang’s memory to the Good Cheer Fund, c/o The Post and Courier, 134 Columbus Street, Charleston, SC 29403-4800 or made online at or Charleston Symphony Orchestra, 572 Savannah Hwy., #100, Charleston, SC 29407. J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., handled the arrangements.

Walter Williamson Reid III

Walter Williamson Reid III

Walter Williamson Reid III, formerly of Allenhurst, Deal and Monmouth Beach, died on November 29 at his home in Southern Pines, N.C. He was born on June 30, 1914 in East Orange, son of Walter Williamson Reid, Jr. and Louise Burgermaster.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Walters Reid; nephews, Reid B. Cameron (wife Ruth), and Ross B. Cameron of North East, Md.; stepchildren, William N. Smith (wife Ginger) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Steven D. Smith (wife Anna) of Raleigh, N.C., Elizabeth A. Smith of Charlotte, N.C., and other family members, Catherine H. Cameron, North East, Md., and William and Nancy Reid of Pinehurst, N.C., six step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lorraine Hyde Reid, and a sister Phyllis Reid Cameron.

He attended Montclair Academy for two years, graduated Asbury Park High School in 1934, and Lehigh University where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Mr. Reid spent his entire working career with Charms Candy Co., from 1946 after 5 years in the army, and was chairman of the board from 1960 to 1988 where he developed the famous Blow Pops. He was a vice president of Ponce Candy Industries, in Puerto Rico, and vice president of General Magnetics. While in New Jersey, he was active on many boards serving the longest on Monmouth Medical Center from 1960-1988. Other boards included Atlantic Health Group, Central Jersey Bank and Trust Co. He was a trustee of Elberon Memorial Church.

An avid golfer, Mr. Reid enjoyed memberships at Rumson Country Club, Deal Golf Club, mid-Ocean in Bermuda, Pinehurst Country Club, and Country Club of NC where he had a home.

Most recently he had been on the board of the foundation of First Health of the Carolinas and the Reid Heart Center was named in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elberon Memorial Church, c/o Bob Broge, treasurer, 160 White Street, Suite 204, Little Silver, NJ 07739. Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is assisting the family.

Lewis H. Robertson

Lewis H. Robertson

On November 30, Lewis H. Robertson, 65, of Rumson, died of complications from injuries sustained in an accident while at his home in Tortola, BVI. When not practicing law in New Jersey, Lewis loved to sail aboard his boat No Horizon in the waters of the Virgin Islands. Lewis, a true gentleman, was known for his quiet good humor, and any conversation with him was likely to run deep, especially when touching on one of his many interests such as western art, history or constitutional law.

Lewis graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968. After his military service, he attended law school at Seton Hall and practiced law for over thirty years. He kept his connection to West Point throughout his life, tailgating at football games, organizing his Company A3 reunions, and hosting Army Navy football brunches. He was a member of the Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club and the Seabright Beach Club. He found a true companion when he married his wife Justine in 1985. They worked, played and traveled together.

Lewis was a loving husband and stepfather. He is survived by his wife Justine, his stepchildren Stephanie of West Hartford, Conn. and Boyd of Monmouth Beach; his sister Meg of Nashville, Tenn., and his father Harold and wife Kay of Overland Park, Kansas.

Because of Lewis’ life-long love of dogs, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his name to the Monmouth County SPCA, PO Box 93, Eatontown, NJ  07724 or online at  The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with his arrangements.

Maureen S. Sutphen

Maureen s. Sutphen

Maureen Sutphen, 51, of Rumson, died at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, on December 7 due to complications from surgery. Maureen was surrounded by her loving family and extended family. She will always be remembered as a loving mother and companion.  Maureen graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 1978 and was a member of their first gymnastics team. She went on to graduate from Saint Leo University, Fla. Maureen has been the gymnastic coach at Red Bank Catholic High School for the past 11 years, leading them to six Shore Conference titles, seven Central Jersey championships, two State championship titles and back-to-back High School National championships. Her record with RBC was 118 wins and 10 losses.  Maureen was named Coach of the Year by the Asbury Park Press and the Star Ledger three times. She was a member of the NJSIAA for 18 years and a member of the Hall of Fame. Maureen was the vice president of the NJ High School Gymnastics Coaches Association and the NJ National High School Gymnastics Coaches. Most of Maureen’s gymnasts went on to first and second division schools. Maureen will be remembered for her great passion for the sport.

Maureen was predeceased by her father, Charles P. Hopkins and a son, Peter T. E. Sutphen. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Stephen M.; her children, Stephen M., II, Colleen B. and Christopher P., all of Rumson; mother, Josephine A. Hopkins of West Long Branch; brother, Charles P. Hopkins, II, Esq. and wife, Elizabeth, Rumson; four nieces, Courtney, Ashley, Brooke and Brittany and her assorted pets.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Maureen Sutphen Scholarship, Red Bank Catholic H.S. , Box 8097, Red Bank, NJ 07701.


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