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202 Stockton Street
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ 08520
Phone: 609-448-3456
Fax: 609-448-3477
Elgin Mayer

Elgin Richard Mayer Jr.

Tuesday, February 12th, 1935 - Monday, January 18th, 2021
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Elgin Richard Mayer Jr., affectionately known by many as “Pops”, age 85 of Yardville, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton Township. Born in Yardville, Rich was a Yardville resident for most of his life. He was a longtime member of the United Presbyterian Church of Yardville, where he served as the Sunday School Supervisor and sang in the choir.
Rich graduated from Hamilton High School in 1953 then entered the US Navy. He received the Meritorious Mass from the Interior Communication Naval School in Great Lakes, IL. While in Great Lakes, he sang with the Blue Jackets Choir which sang for the World premier of “Mutiny on the Bounty” at the Chicago Theater. He proudly served on the Air Craft Carrier the USS Lake Champlain CVA-39 (The “Champ”) and volunteered for duty on the Admiral’s Staff to continue his service in the COMIDEASTFOR out of Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf until 1957 at the close of the Suez Canal.

Rich attended Maryville College in Tennessee before going to Trenton State College. He began teaching Graphic Arts at Grice Middle School and became President of the Mercer County Industrial Arts Association. He then transferred to Princeton Day School until 1975 when he entered the landscaping field and formed ERMCO Grounds Maintenance and Snow Removal.

Son of the late Elgin R. Sr. and Helen (Simpkins) Mayer; brother of the late, Robert and Keith Mayer; he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Darlene (Van Hise) Mayer; his children and their spouses, Rick Mayer, Dan Mayer, Lynn and Kevin Krall, Terri and Jay Petrullo and Rebekah and Christopher Douglas; nine grandchildren, Tyler and Kyra Mayer, Kevin and Christopher Krall, Isabella, Alexandria and Joseph IV Petrullo and Riley and Ainsley Douglas; his sister, Gene Neeld; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Brent) Barlow and Robin (Robert) Hitchcock; a brother-in-law, Jim (Pat) Van Hise and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, private family services will be held at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Burial will follow at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown. Please visit barlowzimmer.com to leave a condolence for the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the Groveville Fire Company, 4201 Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road, Groveville, NJ 08691.
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    Brigadier General William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    Provinceline Road
    Arneytown, NJ
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Due to COVID 19 restrictions, private family services will be held at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520.

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Gary Szabo

Posted at 09:42am
My condolences to his family. I have many fond memories of Dick through various stages of my life. First, he was my 8th grade print shop teacher at Grice Junior High. When I was 15 he gave me my first job at his landscaping business and years later when I became a funeral director he was our contact at the Groveville Cemetery.
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Andrew Auletta

Posted at 08:48am
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Mayer, and offer my prayers and condolences to the Mayer family. Out of all of the trades they introduced us to at school, it was printing that I loved the best. Mr. Mayer's approach to teaching made me want to be in the trade. Because of what I learned from Mr. Mayer, I established a little print shop in the basement of my home and, while other kids my age were out playing football, I was making money. After working at a regional newspaper utilizing many of the skills Mr. Mayer taught me, I became a manager of printing operations for a department at the State of NJ. As you can see, he not only influenced me as a youth, but also my adult life as well. He'll be missed by all of those fortunate to have known him.
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