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George M Parris, Jr.

September 4, 1957 ~ September 20, 2018 (age 61)

George M. Parris Jr., son of the late George M. Sr. and Betty Lou (nee Johnson) Parris went home with the Lord on 09/20/2018 at his home after a long battle with cancer (mesothelioma), surrounded by his loving family.  He was 61 years of age. 

Born in Salem, raised in Hancock's Bridge, he was a 1975 graduate of Salem High School, the 100th graduating class.  George was past Chief and a Life Member of the Lower Alloway's Creek Fire and Rescue Company and Life Member of the New jersey State Fireman's Relief Association where he served as Secretary of the local Relief Association for many years.  He was a member of  Broadway United Methodist Church where he also served on many Boards and Committees throughout the years.  In October of 1983 George married his sweetheart, Pearl (nee Master) and moved a few years later to Elsinboro where they raised their two sons.  George served Elsinboro Township for over 22 years as the Emergency Management Coordinator and a Member of the Elsinboro Township Planning Board.  George was an Electrician and retired from Public Service Electric and Gas after 37 years of service.  In his younger years he was a part time dispatcher for the Salem County Fire Radio Control Center, a precursor to today's modern 911 system.  George was a member of Salem Eagles Aerie 1966 and a social member of the Corp. Joseph Toulson Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Elsinboro.  He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.  George was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 94 and the Ford Model A Club of America.  A devoted family man and proud Father and Pop-Pop, George's greatest joy in life was being with family and friends.  George had many interests from collecting South Jersey antique Ware Chairs, to classic cars and working in his garden.  He also enjoyed solving all the world's problems at the Oak Diner and down at Coley's Club House.  He was often seen taking his wife, Pearl, for a Sunday drive around the country side in their 1929 Ford Model A.  A true "Cricker" at heart, George enjoyed hosting his Annual Muskrat Dinner out in his workshop.  George enjoyed long weekends at the Jersey Shore, Caribbean Cruises and trips to Europe.  George is survived by his Wife of 35 years, Pearl (nee Master), his Sons, George 3rd (Tabitha) of Pennsville and Matthew "Sam" (Erin) of Logan Township and his Precious Granddaughter Ella, Sister, the Colonel Gwyn Parris-Atwell (Doug) of Alloway, his Brother, Michael (Jill) of Mannington and many nieces and nephews.  George is predeceased by his Parents and Sister, Nancy J. Parris and nephew, Robert Lantz. 

Fireman's service under the direction of Woodside Funeral Home will be conducted at Broadway United Methodist Church, 115 1/2 West Broadway, Salem at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 29th.  Family and Friends may call after 9:00 AM.  Burial will be at the Hancock's Bridge United Methodist Church Cemetery in downtown Hamersville , New Jersey.  In lieu of flowers, George has requested  contributions be made to the New Jersey Fallen Firefighter's memorial, PO Box 241, Piscataway, NJ 08855, the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or Penn Medicine Mesothelioma Research (giving.apps.upenn.edu).

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