Vernon Alatary passed away on April 5, 2019 at Compassionate Care Hospice, Dover NJ, after a short illness. Vernon had just celebrated his 93rd birthday at his residence at The Oaks at Denville.
Vernon was born in Jersey City NJ to Amelia (Atkinson) and Demetrius Alatary and was a lifelong resident of New Jersey.
In 1944 he married Rose Waselewicz. They lived for 20 years in Cranford NJ before moving to Kinnelon NJ where he resided for 47 years.
In Vernon's teen years he developed the aptitude for all things mechanical. Vernon graduated from Metuchen NJ High School and was drafted into the US Army in 1945. The Army recognized his capabilities as a mechanic and he spent the next year repairing the Army's rolling stock. As World War II was over he was discharged shortly thereafter
After his Army discharge he continued to work as a truck mechanic and was hired by Standard Oil (Esso). There he became a shift engineer at the Bayway refinery in Linden, NJ for approximately 10 years.
After leaving the refinery, he began to sell industrial equipment and supplies throughout Northern New Jersey. He eventually retired in 1982 from Abrasive Machine and Supply Company.
Vernon joined the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks where he worked tirelessly in support of the Elks mission. Through his active tenure with the Elks he held various offices and committee chairmanships. In addition to being named Officer and Elk of the year, Vernon served twice as Exalted Ruler. As a member in good standing for over 40 years, Vernon was conferred the title of Lifetime Member of the Elks.
Throughout his life, Vernon worked hard helping family and friends. He was always glad to give advice or lend a hand. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with Rose in their motor home. In over 100,000 miles, they visited 40 states and parts of Canada.
Throughout his lifetime, Vernon had a special place in his heart for dogs and would easily recall stories of his two most favorite dogs.
Vernon was predeceased by Rose, his wife of 53 years, and his older brother Atkinson (Daniel). He was also predeceased by his devoted companion Lois Fraebel of Colts Neck.
Vernon is survived by loving children Bruce and Susan Alatary, both of Denville and one grandson, David, living in California.
Visitation will be held in the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Avenue, Boonton, NJ on Monday, April 8th from 2-4 pm followed by services at 4:00 pm including US Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Compassion Hospice Foundation, Elks National Foundation or to your local animal rescue.