"If you can't laugh, why live?" Walter Dammer. Jr.
On April 13, 2021, the laughter died. Walter Dammer, Jr. passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his children, grandchildren and companion Keisha.
Walter was one of a kind, and if you didn't know that, he would tell you that himself.
Walter was born in Hoboken July 5, 1929. In celebration of his birth as the first grandchild in the Webster family, Walter's grandfather raised the Union Jack over his ancestral home of Mount Fortune Estates on the island of Anguilla.
Raised in West New York, Walter worked on the tug boats as a teenager and enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a flight engineer and while stationed in Kansas, he met his beloved wife of 57 years, Theresa (Terri) Jane. Walter and Terri raised five children in Florham Park. He worked at Curtiss-Wright Corporation and then with the Prudential Insurance company. He was one of the top salespersons in the country. Walter proudly served as a member of the Florham Park Police Department from 1965-1978. He was a volunteer fire fighter and member of the Planning Board.
Through a stroke of luck, he inherited a small sum of money and started a real estate company that eventually grew into Summit Woods, a planned community of 26 luxurious residences, described as the "Colorado of the East," in the Brooklake Park brochure.
Walter was a New York Jets season ticket holder since 1967, following the Jets from Shea Stadium to the Meadowlands. He will not be happy if the Jets go to the Super Bowl sometime soon.
Walter is survived by his daughter Susan and her husband Michael, his daughter Victoria and her husband Dennis, daughter Leslie and her partner Jaison, his son Scott and his daughter Dorian. He is survived by his grandchildren Matthew, Catherine, Dean, Michael, Alex, as well as Roy and Beverly, the children of his longtime girlfriend Patricia (Pat).
Visitation will be Friday, April 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the Leonardis Memorial Home, 210 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, visitors are asked to pay their respects and then exit in order for others to enter the building. Masks are required and all are to practice social distancing.
The funeral is on Saturday, April 17th, assembling at the funeral home from 9:30-10am followed by the interment at Hanover Cemetery in East Hanover.
The repast and celebration of his life will be at the Park Savoy later in 2021 when COVID restrictions are eased.
Please consider making a charitable donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Tunnel to Towers Foundation in lieu of flowers.
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