Irvin A. Solomon, 97, of Freehold died May 14, 2016. Born in New York, he also had lived in Rahway, Clark, and Monroe Township before moving to Freehold 15 years ago.
Mr. Solomon was retired as a manager in the sales service department at JB Williams Co., which became Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham.
He was a graduate of University of Alabama.
He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines as chief purser for 13 years, seeing wartime action during World War II in the Invasion of Normandy. He received three awards for his service: Atlantic War Zone medal, Mediterranean War Zone medal, and Merchant Marine Combat Bar. When his ship had to travel through the Suez Canal he had to temporarily change his name from Solomon to Kelly.
He was a past president of the NJ Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, where he was also international secretary, treasurer, and board member. He was active as a leader in the Boy Scouts. He was awarded a life membership in the NJ State PBA for being instrumental in getting bulletproof vests for the Clark Police.
Predeceased by his wife, Matty, in 2000, he is survived by his daughter, Judy (Dennis) Turner of Scotch Plains; his son, Stuart (Rose) of Los Angeles; a daughter-in-law, Lori Solomon; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services were held May 15 with arrangements by Goldstein Funeral Chapel, Edison. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah, Clark.