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"Mr. Mewhinney"

Patti Seggel Small has let us know that Richard Mewhinney, our class advisor and friend to many, has passed away. His obituary is posted here and you can also find it online.

Richard L. "Dick" Mewhinney, 85, formerly of Williams Township, passed away Monday, November 23, 2009 in Brakeley Care Center. Born: July 10, 1924 in Williams Township, he was a son of the late Edward A. and Isabelle G. Wolfram Mewhinney. Personal: He and his wife, the former Leona Riley, would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 26th. Dick was a graduate of High Bridge High School. He received a B.A. from Trenton State College, an M.A. from Seton Hall University and completed additional graduate work at Rutgers University, Columbia University and Temple University. He taught school for 30 years and served as a principal for six years until his retirement. After retirement, he was a well known fretmaster who participated in local craft shows. Dick also manufactured doll houses that were sold at 19 retail outlets. He received the Hallock Card award for outstanding service to Perfin philately and authored several books on Perfins. Dick was a past trustee of the Mary Meuser Library. Dick served in World War II as a tank commander in the European Theatre. Memberships: He was an active member of St. John's Church on Morgan Hill, formerly St. John's UCC, Williams Township. He was an Eagle Scout, and served as Scout Master for two Boy Scout troops. Dick was the founding president of The Hunterdon County Principals Association and Jockey Hollow Stamp Club, a life member of American Philatelic Society and Perfins Club where he was a past president and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Washington, NJ. He was a member of the Perfins Society of Great Britain, National Education Association, Warren County Retired Teachers Association and AARP. Survivors: his wife, Leona; a daughter, Deborah Desjadon and her husband Winston of Williams Township; three granddaughters, Emily Williams and Kimberly Desjadon, both of Williams Township, Alison Bohannon of Pohatcong Township, NJ and two-great granddaughters, Autumn Bohannon and Juliann Williams. A daughter, Patricia Griffiths Wightman, and a brother, William Edward, died earlier. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John's Church on Morgan Hill, 2720 Morgan Hill Road, Williams Township. Call Saturday 2 to 4 p.m. in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough and Sunday 1 to 2 p.m. in the church. Burial will be in St. John's Union Cemetery. Memorials: may be made to the church, Easton, PA 18042.

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