Harry G. Backer HAMPTON, NJ Harry G. Backer, 82, of Northampton County, PA, passed away on Sept. 20, 2017. Harry was born in Stroudsburg, PA, Sept. 3, 1935. He was the son of the late Harry and Maude (Giveans) Backer, where he grew up in Changewater, NJ. Harry graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1954 and played football for the school. He was a peacetime veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. Harry joined the workforce at JCP&L in 1958 and worked there until his retirement in 2001. Harry was a devoted member of the Hampton Volunteer Fire Company for 49 years, where he served as chief in 1972 and 1973, and later served as president for six years. He was also a life member of the NJ State Fireman’s Association. He served on the Hampton School Board from 1974 to 1980, and served a term as president with that association. Harry loved to work in his bountiful garden, was thrilled by the hunt of collecting old postcards and bottles, and in his later years bided his time with competitive go-kart racing with his grandsons. Harry was a Jack of all trades, and a Master of many. His beloved wife of 52 years, Marilyn (Cregar) Backer, preceded him in death in 2011. Harry’s daughter, Lori, also preceded him in death in 2011. Harry’s biological mother, Jeanette (Hothouse) Frey, preceded him in death in 1996. Surviving Harry are his son, Scott and his wife, Kim, of Nazareth, PA, and four grandsons, Kevin and his wife, Alyssa, of Palm Bay, FL, Cory of Melbourne, FL, Derrick of Shamokin Dam, PA, and Owen of Nazareth, PA, along with several nieces and nephews and their families. Harry’s visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. with a fireman’s service at 7:30 p.m. Final viewing will be Friday, Sept. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m., followed by a life celebration luncheon at Hampton Fire Co. Services will be held at Devoe Funeral Home, 136 West Washington Ave., Washington, NJ. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. DeVoe Funeral Service 136 W. Washington Ave. Washington, NJ 07882 (908) 689-0046
Devoe Funeral Service Inc
136 W Washington Ave
Washington, NJ 07882
Published in The Express Times from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2017
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