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.
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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.